Women's Swimming and Diving Opens NEWMAC Championship With Second Place In 800 Free Relay

Women's Swimming and Diving Opens NEWMAC Championship With Second Place In 800 Free Relay


- Event: 2018 NEWMAC Championship

- Results: 1st of 10 teams - 64 points - After Day One

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

- The Lead: On the opening night of the 2018 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Swimming and Diving Championship, hosted by MIT inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool, the MIT women's swimming and diving team finished second in the 800-free relay in the only event contested this evening.

After one session, MIT leads in the team standings with 64 points. Behind the Engineers is the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with 60 points, Wheaton College with 58, Springfield and WPI with 52, Wellesley with 44, Mount Holyoke with 40, Smith with 34 and Clark and Babson with 30.


- The Engineers "A" relay comprised of freshman Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.), sophomore Kathy Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), senior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) and freshman Ashley Pearson (Stafford, Va.) took second with an NCAA "B" cut time of 7:35.48. MIT, which was edged by Coast Guard's "A" team by 1.01-seconds, took home NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference honors with its finish.

- In the "B" final, sophomore Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.), freshman Nina Levine (Bedford, N.H.), sophomore Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) and classmate Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) took first place with a time of 7:43.17, besting the "B" team from Wheaton by 11.32 seconds.


- MIT returns to the pool tomorrow morning for the second day of the NEWMAC Championship. Events tomorrow include the 200-free relay, 500-free, 200-IM, 50-free, the three-meter dive and 400-medley relay. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. and finals start at 6:00 p.m.


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