- Event: 2018 MIT Winter Invitational
- Results: 2nd of 8 (1684 points) - Final
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool)
- The Lead: The No. 8 MIT women's swimming and diving program closed the 2018 Winter Invitational tonight as the Engineers were second overall in the team standings. The women's team registered a total of three NCAA 'B' cut times, two of which came from freshman Laura Rosado (New Haven, Conn.), who hit the mark twice in the 200-back, while the other came from the 200-medley relay team of Jennifer Yu (Pearland, Texas), Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.), Olivia McGrath (Chevy Chase, Md.) and Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.).
In the final team standings, Tufts took the crown with 1777 points, while MIT was second with 1684 points. In third was RPI (581 points), fourth was Wheaton (520), fifth was Wellesley (424), sixth was Simmons (415), seventh was Keene State (193) and eighth was Bowdoin (28).
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The final session began with an NCAA 'B' cut time and a first-place finish from the 200-medley relay team comprised of Yu, Nicholas, McGrath and Staszel as they clocked a time of 1:44.36, which was nearly three seconds faster than this morning. The 'C' relay team of Katharine Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Sydney Vleck (Scarsdale, N.Y.), Chelsea Zhang (Sherborn, Mass.) and Shannon Hagmaier (Longwood, Fla.) finished fourth overall in 1:48.68.
- Rosado tallied two NCAA 'B' cut times in her swims in the 200-back. This morning she notched a time of 2:00.60 and bested it tonight by 0.18-seconds to win the event in 2:00.42. Pan was the second-fastest swimmer for MIT in the event as she finished eighth overall in 2:08.03, a time that was 3.32-seconds faster than this morning's prelim swim.
- The Engineers had four student-athletes in the 'A' final of the 100-fly as McGrath paced MIT with a time of 57.24 for third place. She was followed by Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) in fourth (57.81), Zhang in eighth (59.20) and Yu in ninth (59.31). In addition, Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) won the 'B' final in a time of 58.79.
- In the 'A' final of the 100-free, MIT claimed six of the ten scoring positions. Hagmaier won the event in a time of 52.42, Rosado was second in 53.27, Lindsey Bjornstad (Mequon, Wis.) was third in 53.39, Ashley Pearson (Stafford, Va.) was fourth in 53.44, Staszel was sixth in 53.78 and McGrath was tenth in 54.66.
- MIT won the final two events of the 2018 Winter Invitational as Pan won the 200-IM in a time of 2:06.77, which was just under four seconds faster than this morning, while Lara Ketonen (West Chester, Pa.), Pearson, Bjornstad and Hagmaier teamed up in the 400-free relay for a first-place finishing time of 3:30.20.
- MIT's next meet will come on January 12 when the Engineers travel to Coast Guard for a dual with the Bears at 12:00 pm.