No. 6 Women's Swimming and Diving Defeats Springfield In Season Opener

No. 6 Women's Swimming and Diving Defeats Springfield In Season Opener

THE BASICS:

Score: No. 6 MIT 195.5, Springfield College 99.5

Records: No. 6 MIT (1-0), Springfield College (1-2)

Location: Springfield, Mass. (Art Linkletter Natatorium)

The Lead: In the season opener for the No. 6 nationally-ranked MIT women's swimming and diving team, the Engineers came away with a 195.5-99.5 win over New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Springfield College on Saturday afternoon in Western Massachusetts. MIT won 13 of 16 contested events and tied in the 100-fly on the way to victory this afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED:


- Senior captain Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) was one of five Engineers to win two individual events in the season opener as she claimed first place in both the 1000-free in 10:51.26 and the 500-free in 5:18.41. She was joined by sophomore Kathy Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), who touched the wall first in both the 100-back (1:01.80) and the 200-back (2:14.08), freshman Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.), who touched the wall first in the 200-fly (2:07.04) and the 100-fly (58.45), sophomore Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.), who finished first in the 50-free (24.96) and the 100-free (54.09) as well as freshman Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii), who claimed first place on both the 1-meter (266.02) and the 3-meter boards (284.10) in the diving well.

- Allen, Staszel, senior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.) and freshman Ashley Pearson (Stafford, Va.) started the meet off strong as the won the 400-medley relay in a time of 4:00.16, while the quartet of junior Clare Wieland (Lake Forest, Ill.), freshman Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.), sophomore Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) and classmate Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) came in second in the opening relay in 4:06.08.

- On top of their relay performances, Holman registered a pair of second place finishes in both the 200-fly (2:10.08) and the 100-free (55.54), while Nicholas finished first in the 100-breast (1:08.81) and second in the 200-breast (2:32.28). Chen and freshman Hannah Mahaffey (Lawreceville, Ga.) rounded out the list of winners in the season opener as Chen won the 200-breast in 2:27.50 and was second in the 50-free (25.05), while Mahaffey won the 200-free in 1:57.41 in her first collegiate meet.

- In the diving well alongside Wen, sophomore Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) posted a pair of second place finishes on both boards with scores of 258.37 on the 1-meter and 283.05 on the 3-meter both of which were above the NCAA Division III Diving Regional qualifying standard.

UP NEXT:

- The Engineers open up their home schedule next Friday, November 10 when MIT hosts Division I foe Cornell University at 5:30 p.m. before heading down to Brown University for a dual meet with the Bears the next day at 1:00 p.m.

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