Women's Swimming and Diving Extends Lead on Second Night of NEWMAC Championship

Women's Swimming and Diving Extends Lead on Second Night of NEWMAC Championship

THE BASICS:

- Event: 2018 NEWMAC Championship

- Results: 1st of 10 teams - 427 points - After Day Two

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

- The Lead: On the second night of the 2018 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, the No. 7 MIT women's swimming and diving team extended its lead and now has 427 points. The Engineers claimed first place in four of six contested events in tonight's championship finals session.

MIT leads the field by 156.5 points as Springfield is currently second overall with a total of 270.5 points. Wheaton is third at 254, followed in fourth by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (214.5), WPI (198), Wellesley (155), Smith (98), Mount Holyoke (91), Clark (77) and Babson (75).

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- The 200-free relay "A" team comprised of senior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.) and sophomores Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.), Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) and Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio) got things started tonight with a first-place finish and an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:34.30. The quartet took 0.15-seconds off their time from this morning's prelim session. The 200-free relay "B" team comprised of sophomore Nanette Wu (Cupertino, Calif.), freshman Sarah Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.), classmate Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and sophomore Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) won the "B" final in a time of 1:37.57.

- In the session's final event, the 400-medley relay, the Engineers took first place in both the "A" and "B" finals. The "A" team of Mahaffey, Chen, freshman Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) and Staszel took first in an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:48.64. In the "B" final, freshman Caroline Kenton (West Chester, Pa.), Nicholas, Holman and freshman Ashley Pearson (Stafford, Va.) clocked a time of 3:53.98 for first place as well.

- Chen and P. Wu went on to claim NEWMAC titles tonight in their respective individual swimming events. Chen registered an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:06.34 for first place in the 200-IM, while P. Wu won the 50-free in an NCAA "B" cut time of 23.74.

- Chen was followed by Mahaffey, who earned NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference honors in the 200-IM, with a time of 2:07.11 as well as sophomore Kathy Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) in fifth in 2:08.45, Holman in sixth in 2:10.68, Nicholas in 12th in 2:11.84, freshman Nina Levine (Bedford, N.H.) in 16th in 2:14.49 and Allen in 19th in 2:15.76. In the 50-free, P. Wu was followed by Staszel in third in 24.25 and sophomore Nanette Wu (Cupertino, Calif.) in 25.32.

- The session's longest event, the 500-free, saw three Engineers in the championship final. Junior Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.) finished second for NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference honors in 5:01.46, senior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) finished sixth in 5:08.07 and freshman Pearson finished seventh in 5:09.87.

- In the diving well, MIT's four student-athletes finished second through fifth and all four registered scores to qualify them for the NCAA Division III Diving Regional next weekend. Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) took second with a score of 510.10 and was followed by freshman Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) with 481.35 points, junior Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) in fourth with 468.90 points and classmate Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) in fifth with 463.55 points.

PRELIM HIGHLIGHTS:

- Both the 200-free relay and 400-medley relay teams registered "B" cut times during prelims this morning. P. Wu, Holman, Staszel and Chen clocked a time of 1:34.45 in the 200-free relay, while Holman, Chen, Allen and Staszel registered a time of 3:49.84 in the 400-medley relay.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to the pool tomorrow morning for the third day of the NEWMAC Championship. Events tomorrow include the 400-IM, 100-fly, 200-free, 100-breast, 100-back and 200-medley relay. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. and finals start at 6:00 p.m.

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