No. 7 Women's Swim & Dive Falls to No. 4 NYU and No. 6 Williams

No. 7 Women's Swim & Dive Falls to No. 4 NYU and No. 6 Williams



No. 4 NYU 152, No. 7 MIT 148
No. 6 Williams College 175.5, No. 7 MIT 122.5

Records: No. 7 MIT (4-3); No. 4 NYU (3-3); No. 6 Williams (9-2) 

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

The Lead: The No. 7 MIT women's swimming and diving team fell to No. 4 NYU and No. 6 Williams College in a double dual meet that featured three of the top-seven Division III programs in the country on Friday afternoon in Cambridge. 


- The Engineers ended the double dual on a high note as first-years Lindsey Bjornstad (Mequon, Wis.)Shannon Hagmaier (Longwood, Fla.) and Lara Ketonen (Helsinki, Finland) as well as junior Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) won the 200-free relay in a time of 1:37.72 beating the quartet from Williams by nearly two seconds.

- This quartet also found success in the 50-free as they all finished in the top five places in the sprint event. Ketonen won the 50-free in 24.69 and was followed by Hagmaier in second in 24.74, Bjornstad in third in 24.81 and Staszel in fifth in 24.89.

- Two other student-athletes won individual events against the Violets and Ephs this afternoon as first-year Laura Rosado (New Haven, Conn.) touched the wall first in the 200-back in a time of 2:04.73 and sophomore Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) won the 1-meter board with 306.05 points, which was well above the NCAA Division III Northeast-North qualifying mark.

- The Engineers saw two other student-athletes finish as the runner-up in their respective events as Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.) finished second in the 100-breast in 1:08.13 and the 200-breast in 2:29.10, while Wen registered another Diving Regional qualifying mark on the 3-meter board with 292.75 points.

- Hagmaier was the top finishing Engineer in the 100-free as she placed third in 53.87, while first-year Julia Gonik (Irvine, Calif.) placed third in the 100-breast in 1:09.09 behind Nicholas. 

- First-year Jennifer Yu (Pearland, Texas) was the fastest Engineer in the 100-back with her third-place finish in the 100-back in 59.35 and sophomore Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) placed third in the 200-fly in 2:07.97. 

- Senior diver Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) as well as juniors Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) all posted diving regional qualifying scores on the 1-meter board as Matranga finished fourth (265.75), Payne finished fifth (261.70) and Zhou finished sixth (259.85). Matranga also hit a qualifying mark on the 3-meter board with her score of 265.15, which was good enough for fourth place. 


- MIT continues its dual meet schedule next Friday, January 25 at home against No. 11 Tufts University at 6:00 pm.


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