No. 6 MIT Captures Fifth-Straight NEWMAC Championship

No. 6 MIT Captures Fifth-Straight NEWMAC Championship

WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Joanna Han (Marlboro, N.J.) highlighted the final day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship at WPI, establishing a new school record in the 200-yard breaststroke as the sixth-ranked Engineers concluded the weekend as conference champions for the fifth-straight season. Tech compiled an overall score of 1278 points, while Springfield College finished second with 840 points and Wellesley College placed third with 751 points.

Han finished second the 200-yard breaststroke, touching the wall in 2:20.87. Her time – a NCAA B cut – established a new school record. Her time was also a qualifying time for last year's NCAA Championship meet. Classmate Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.) also achieved a B cut with a third place performance, clocking a time of 2.22.58. Chen's time is currently third best in program history.

Freshman Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) placed third in the 1650-yard freestyle, clocking a time of 17:27.41. Her time achieved a NCAA B cut and is currently the fourth-best time in program history.

In the 200-yard backstroke, sophomore Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) finished first, clocking a time of 2:04.04. Her time – a B cut – would have qualified her for last year's championship meet. Junior Katherine Yu (San Jose, Calif.) finished second (2.08.60) and senior Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) placed third (2:09.62). All three times are top-10 times in program history.

MIT swept the 100-yard freestyle as junior Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) finished first (51.95), senior Emmie Ryan (Avon, Ind.) placed second (52.01) and freshman Amanda Wu (Cedar Park, Texas), who was tabbed NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, recorded a third place performance (52.17). Yang and Ryan both achieved B cuts, while all three times were top-10 performances in the event in program history.

Sophomore Teresa de Figueiredo (College Station, Texas) captured the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:08.19. Her time achieved a B cut.

Tech closed the evening session by establishing a new meet and conference record in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Jedryka, Chen, Yang and Ryan clocked a time 3:26.51, which achieved a B cut and would have been a qualifying time for last year's national championship. The quartets time was also a school record.

He, Wu, senior Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.) and junior Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.) also competed in the 400-yard freestyle relay, clocking a time of 3:31.15. Their time achieved a B cut.

MIT will enjoy a few weeks off before competing at the NCAA Championships, which are set to take place from Wednesday through Saturday, March 18-21 at the Conroe Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.

Women's Team Rankings

1.) MIT 1278 points 

2.) Springfield College 840 points 

3.) Wellesley College 751 points 

4.) WPI 704 points 

5.) Wheaton College 552 points 

6.) U.S. Coast Guard Academy 477.5 points 

7.) Mount Holyoke College 376.5 points 

8.) Smith College 367 points 

9.) Clark University 297 points 

10.) Babson College 174 points