No. 8 Women's Swimming and Diving Defeats WPI & Bowdoin In Double Dual

No. 8 Women's Swimming and Diving Defeats WPI & Bowdoin In Double Dual

THE BASICS:

- Scores: 

No. 8 MIT 239, WPI 55
No. 8 MIT 196, Bowdoin College 97

- Records: No. 8 MIT (3-2), WPI (4-5), Bowdoin College (1-1) 

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

- The Lead: In a double dual meet with NEWMAC foe WPI and NESCAC opponent Bowdoin College, the No. 8 MIT women's swimming and diving team came away with wins over both teams as the Engineers defeated WPI, 239-55, and Bowdoin 196-97 inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT got off to a strong start in the pool as the 200-medley relay team of freshman Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.), senior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.), freshman Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) and sophomore Priscilla Wu (Cincinnatti, Ohio) posted a first-place finish in 1:48.78. They were followed by the "B" team of freshman Caroline Kenton (West Chester, Pa.), classmate Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.) and sophomores Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) and Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.), who finished third in 1:49.45. 

- Individually, MIT swept the top-3 places in the 200-fly as Allen finished first in an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:04.48, sophomore Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) was second in 2:07.05 and senior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) was third in 2:11.65. The Engineers also took three of the top-4 places in the 50-free and four of the top-5 places in the 100-fly. In the 50-free, Staszel was first in 24.56, P. Wu was second in 24.65 and Burns was fourth in 25.54, while in the 100-fly, Mahaffey touched the wall first in 57.79, Allen was second in 58.46, Holman was fourth in 59.22 and freshman Nina Levine (Bedford, N.H.) was fifth in 1:00.63. 

- In the diving well, MIT also registered the four best marks on the 1-meter board and the three best scores on the 3-meter board. Sophomore Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) posted two NCAA Division III Diving Regional qualification marks with scores of 274.50 (1-meter) and 312.35 (3-meter), while freshman Deborah Wen's (Honolulu, Hawaii) score of 286.30 on the 1-meter board was above the NCAA mark. Wen also finished third on the 3-meter board (247.00), while junior Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) took second on the 3-meter board (262.20) and third on the 1-meter board (251.90).

- Back in the pool, Staszel won the 100-free in a time of 53.82 as the only individual multi-event winner of the day for the Engineers. Additionally, the Engineers received individual event victories from sophomore Kathy Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), who touched the wall first in the 200-IM in 2:10.62, Chen, who won the 100-breast in 1:06.08, Nicholas, who won the 200-breast in 2:25.89 and Thielking, who won the 500-free in 5:15.01.

- In her other two events, Chen finished second in the 100-free (54.04) and third in the 200-IM (2:12.91), while Pan took second in the 200-breast (2:28.48) and fourth in the 200-free (2:00.64). Kenton and Mahaffey round out the individual highlights for MIT as Mahaffey registered a time of 1:56.01 for second in the 200-free, while Kenton was second in the 100-back (1:01.25) and third in the 200-back (2:13.57).

- P. Wu, Burns, Holman and Staszel closed the meet strong for MIT with a first place finish in the 200-free relay as they clocked a time of 1:37.41.

UP NEXT:

- The Engineers are off until the first weekend in December when MIT hosts its annual Winter Invitational on the first and second of the month. Full details regarding participating schools and entries will be made available closer to the start date.

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