- Score: Boston College 163, No. 8 MIT 137
- Records: No. 8 MIT (5-4), Boston College (NA)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool)
- The Lead: The No. 8 MIT women's swimming and diving team was edged by Division I Boston College on Friday evening inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool. The visiting Eagles needed every point to win as they defeated the host Engineers by a final score of 163-137.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT freshman Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) paced the Engineers efforts as she won three individual events tonight. She started with a first place finish in the 200-free in 1:56.98 and followed it up with first place in the 200-back in 2:08.33 and the 200-IM in 2:11.29.
- The Engineers also had a pair of student-athletes swim NCAA "B" cut times tonight. Freshman Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) posted a first place finish in the 200-fly with a qualifying time of 2:03.82 and added a third place finish in the 100-fly in 59.00-seconds. Senior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.) also swam a qualifying time with her first place finish in the 200-breast in 2:22.08 and clocked a time of 1:05.38 for first in the 100-breast.
- Sophomore Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) and senior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) also claimed wins in the swimming portion of tonight's meet. Staszel won the 50-free in 24.55-seconds and placed second in the 100-free in 53.34-seconds, while Thielking touched the wall first in the 500-free in 5:13.36 and second in the 1000-free in 10:42.50.
- Freshman Sarah Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.) and sophomore Kathy Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) both posted two third place finishes in their respective individual events. Nichols touched the wall third in the 100-breast in 1:07.13 and third in the 200-breast in 2:25.77, while Pan did the same in the 100-free in 54.66-seconds and the 200-IM in 2:13.04.
- Pan, Chen, Allen and Staszel clocked a time of 1:47.94 in the meet's opening event, the 200-medley relay, while Chen and Staszel closed the meet with sophomore Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio) and classmate Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) with a second place finish in the 200-free relay with a time of 1:38.02.
- In the diving well, freshman Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) registered two NCAA Division III Diving Regional qualifying scores as she won the 3-meter board with 273.60 points and took second on the 1-meter board with a score of 259.72. Junior Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) also hit a qualifying mark on the 3-meter board as she took second place with 265.27 points.
- MIT will compete in its final dual meet of the 2018 season next Saturday, February 3 against No. 10 Amherst College. Prior to the meet, the Engineers will honor Chen and Thielking as the Class of 2018 for their contributions to the program over the last four years.
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