Women's Swimming and Diving Picks Up 171-115 Win Over Springfield

Women's Swimming and Diving Picks Up 171-115 Win Over Springfield

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 6 MIT 171, Springfield College 115

- Records: No. 6 MIT (1-1); Springfield College (0-1) 

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

- The Lead: The No. 6 MIT women's swimming and diving team won 11 of 16 contested events yesterday afternoon as the Engineers earned their first win of 2018 and topped Springfield College, 171-115, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) dual meet in Cambridge. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The A 400 medley relay team began the meet by dominating the rest of the field as Jennifer Yu (Pearland, Texas), Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.), Laura Rosado (New Haven, Conn.) and Lara Ketonen (Helsinki, Finland) finished first with a time of 3:59.30, which was nearly six seconds faster than the second place MIT team and nearly 12 seconds faster than the A team from Springfield

- Individually, Yu went on to finish first in the 100 back in a time of 59.09, Nicholas claimed first in the 100 breast in 1:07.27 and first in the 200 breast in 2:28.84, Rosado claimed a win in the 200 back in 2:05.82 and finished second in the 50 free in 24.71 and Ketonen won the 100 free in 53.49.

- The Engineers swept the top three positions in five different events as behind Nichols in the 100 breast wash Shannon Hagmaier (Longwood, Fla.) in second in 1:09.09 and Sydney Vleck (Scarsdale, N.Y.) in third in 1:10.60. In the 200 fly, Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) finished first in 2:08.74 and was followed by Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) and Jessica Cohen (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.). In the 50 free ahead of Ketonen was Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) in 24.65 and behind Ketonen was Olivia McGrath (Chevy Chase, Md.) in 25.55. In the 100 free behind Ketonen was Hagmaier in 53.96 and Staszel in 54.40. Finally, in the 500 free Audrey Gaither (Ross, Calif.) took the victory in a time of 5:35.03 and was followed by Agnes Villanyi (Framingham, Mass.) in 5:36.17 and Ashley Pearson (Stafford, Va.) in 5:37.22.

- Other individual winners for MIT on the day were Emily Yuan (Newbury Park, Calif.) in the 1000 free in 11:07.84 and Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) in the 200 free in 1:57.04.

- In the diving well, Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) posted the top score on the 1-meter board with a mark of 300.37 despite it being counted as an exhibition score. Zhou also took third overall on the 3-meter board with a score of 275.40 

UP NEXT:

- MIT travels to Bowdoin College for a double-dual meet next weekend against the host Polar Bears and NEWMAC foe WPI on Saturday, November 17 at 12:00 pm.

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