No. 8 Women's Swimming and Diving Defeats No. 5 NYU, Falls to No. 6 Williams In Battle of Top-10 Teams

No. 8 Women's Swimming and Diving Defeats No. 5 NYU, Falls to No. 6 Williams In Battle of Top-10 Teams



No. 8 MIT 155, No. 5 NYU 145
No. 6 Williams College 207, No. 8 MIT 93

Records: No. 8 MIT (5-3), No. 5 NYU (3-3), No. 6 Williams College (9-1)

Location: Williamstown, Mass. (Samuelson-Muir Pool)

The Lead: In a double-dual meet between three of top-ten teams in Division III, the No. 8 ranked MIT women's swimming and diving team defeated No. 5 NYU by a score of 155-145 but fell to No. 6 Williams College, 207-93 on Friday afternoon in Western Massachusetts. The win over NYU marked the first time in program history in which the Engineers have defeated the Violets in a dual meet.


- MIT freshman Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) continued her dominance in the butterfly events as she was the only swimmer for the Engineers to record a victory this afternoon. Allen touched the wall first in the 200-fly in an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:03.25 and was the runner-up in the 100-fly in 58.14-seconds. Allen was also part of the 400-medley relay team comprised of sophomore Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.), senior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.) and sophomore Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) as they finished fourth in the meet's opening event in 3:59.65.

- Chen went on to have a great day in the pool as she posted three second place finishes in her remaining events. She notched a time of 1:06.48 in the 100-breast, a time of 2:25.05 in the 200-breast and then closed the meet alongside Staszel and sophomores Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) as they took second in the 200-free relay in a time of 1:38.06, just six-tenths of a second behind the first-place team from Williams.

- Staszel also registered a second-place finish in the 50-free with a time of 24.75-seconds and a sixth-place finish in the 100-free with a time of 54.26-seconds. Behind Staszel in the 50-free was P. Wu, who touched the wall third in 24.76-seconds.

- Freshman Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.) came in third place in both breaststroke events swam today as she clocked a time of 1:07.40 in the 100-breast and 2:27.40 in the 200-breast. In her respective events, Holman finished fifth in the 200-fly in 2:09.46 and eighth in the 400-IM in 4:45.46. Freshman Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) had a strong effort in her three individual events as she notched a time of 4:37.98 for fourth in the 400-IM, a time of 1:58.65 for sixth in the 200-free and a time of 54.88-second for eighth in the 100-free. Senior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) rounded out the list of highlights in the swimming portion of the meet for MIT as she was the fastest Engineer in the 500-free as she posted a time of 5:20.02.

- In the diving well, both sophomore Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) and freshman Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) posted scores well above the NCAA Division III Diving Regional qualification standard. Zhou won the 1-meter board with a score of 300.55 and placed third on the 3-meter board with a score of 299.75, while Wen won the 3-meter board with a score of 306.95 and placed fourth on the 1-meter board with a score of 286.65.


- MIT returns home for a dual meet against Division I Boston College next Friday, January 26. Action starts at 5:00 p.m. inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool.


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