No. 6 Women's Swimming and Diving Topped By Cornell, 135-106

No. 6 Women's Swimming and Diving Topped By Cornell, 135-106


Score: Cornell University 135, No. 6 MIT 106

Records: No. 6 MIT (1-1), Cornell University (1-0)

Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool)

The Lead: Freshman Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) swam the fastest time in the country in the 200-fly and the Engineers swept the top-two spots in the final relay of the night, but the No. 6 MIT women's swimming and diving team came up just short against Division I foe Cornell University, 135-106, on Friday night in Cambridge.


- Allen's time of 2:03.90 in the 200-fly not only earned her first place in the event, but her time is the fastest among all NCAA Division III women's swimmers by 1.95-seconds as Halli Garza of Denison had the previous best mark of 2:05.85.

- Freshman Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.) and sophomore Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) were the only other Engineers to earn individual event wins this evening. Nichols touched the wall first in the 200-breast in 2:23.96 and Zhou swept both boards in the diving well with scores of 245.77 on the 1-meter board and 288.07 on the 3-meter board.

- Prior to her swim in the 200-fly, Allen aided the 200-medley relay team to a second place finish with a time of 1:48.57 as she was joined by classmate Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.), senior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.) and sophomore Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio).

- Wu registered the top finish for MIT in the 50-free as she touched the wall second overall in 24.30, while Mahaffey, Chen, freshman Ashley Pearson (Stafford, Va.) and sophomore Rachel O'Grady (Sarasota, Fla.) also notched top placements for the Engineers in their respective events. Mahaffey finished second in the 200-IM (2:09.95) and the 200-back (2:08.27), Pearson took second in the 200-free (1:56.20) and third in the 500-free (5:15.12), Chen came in third in the 100-free (53.90) and O'Grady notched a fourth place finish in the 1000-free (10:52.53).

- Pearson teamed up with sophomores Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.), Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) and Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) for first place in the 400-free relay in 3:37.59, while Allen and O'Grady finished strong with freshman Nina Levine (Bedford, N.H.) and senior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) for second place in the event with a time of 3:53.00.

- In the diving well, Zhou's score of 288.07 on the 3-meter board was above the NCAA Division III Diving Regional qualification mark, while freshman Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) also registered a qualifying mark on the 3-meter board (272.10) with her second place finish. Additionally, Zhou posted a 1-meter score of 245.77 for first place and Wen took sixth on the 1-meter with a score of 216.67.


- MIT has a quick turnaround as the Engineers will head down to Providence, R.I. tomorrow afternoon for a dual meet with Brown University beginning at 1:00 p.m.


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