Women’s Swimming and Diving Sweeps NEWMAC Athlete of the Week Awards

Women’s Swimming and Diving Sweeps NEWMAC Athlete of the Week Awards

Westwood, Mass. (November 20) – After defeating both WPI and Bowdoin College on Saturday afternoon, the No. 8 ranked MIT women's swimming and diving team has swept the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) weekly awards, when the league announced its selections this afternoon.

Sophomore Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) was named as the Diver of the Week, classmate Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) was named as the Swimmer of the Week and the 200-free relay team comprised of Staszel and classmates Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio), Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) and Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) were named as the Relay Team of the Week.

Zhou registered a pair of NCAA Division III Diving Regional qualifying marks and two season best scores with great performances in the diving well this weekend. The sophomore started the day by scoring 312.35 points for first place on the 3-meter board before scoring 274.50 points for second place on the 1-meter board.

Staszel and the 200-free relay team of Wu, Burns and Holman closed the meet with one of the best swims for the No. 8 MIT women's swimming and diving team on Saturday. The quartet clocked a time of 1:37.41, which was over three seconds faster than the second place team from Bowdoin as well as the ninth fastest time in the country this season.

Individually, Staszel won two individual events including the 50-free in 24.56 and the 100-free in 53.82. Additionally, she also earned third place with the 200-medley relay team in 1:49.45.

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