No. 7 Women's Swim & Dive Ties No. 10 Amherst on Senior Day

No. 7 Women's Swim & Dive Ties No. 10 Amherst on Senior Day

THE BASICS:

Score: No. 7 MIT 149, No. 10 Amherst College 149

 - Records: No. 7 MIT (5-3-1); No. 10 Amherst College (5-1-1)

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

The Lead: For the second straight dual meet, sophomore diver Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) broke the six-dive pool record on the 1-meter board in today's 149-149 tie between the No. 7 women's swimming and diving team and No. 10 Amherst College. Today marked the first time in program history that MIT has recorded a tie in a dual meet.

Prior to today's meet the Engineers honored their five seniors including Hayley Bergman (Sunnyvale, Calif.)Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.)Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.)Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Clare Wieland (Lake Forest, Ill.) for their contributions towards the MIT women's swimming and diving program over the past four seasons.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Engineers began the meet with a first-place finish in the 200-medley relay as first-year Jennifer Yu (Pearland, Texas), sophomore Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.), classmate Olivia McGrath (Chevy Chase, Md.) and junior Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) clocked a time of 1:48.31 which was 0.25-seconds ahead of the "A" relay team from Amherst. 

- Two different MIT student-athletes won multiple events in today's dual meet. First-year Laura Rosado (New Haven, Conn.)f inished first in the 100-back in 58.48 and the 200-back in 2:04.59, while sophomore Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) touched the wall first in the 100-fly in 58.39 and the 200-fly in 2:06.18.

- MIT also had five student-athlete finish as the runner-up in six different events as Yu touched the wall second in the 100-back in 59.21, Nicholas was second in the 100-breast in 1:06.59, first-year Lara Ketonen (Helsinki, Finland) was the runner-up in both the 50-free in 24.66 and the 100-free in 53.91, first-yearJulia Gonik (Irvine, Calif.) registered a second place finish in the 200-breast in 2:28.24 and Mahaffey was the fastest Engineer in the 200-IM in 2:12.07.

- First-year Shannon Hagmaier (Longwood, Fla.), classmate Lindsey Bjornstad (Mequon, Wis.), Staszel and Ketonen closed the dual meet with a second-place finish in the 400-free relay as the quartet clocked a time of 3:32.93.

- In the diving well, Wen swept both boards and bested her own pool record on the 1-meter board by 1.50 points as the sophomore registered a first-place finish with 321.67 points, which is well above the NCAA Division III Northeast-North qualifying score. She also posted 306.76 on the 3-meter board. 

- Four Engineers including Wen posted regional qualifying scores on the 1-meter board as junior Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) finished second with 306.08 points, Payne took third with 291.90 points and Matranga took fifth with 258.67 points. Three Engineers including Wen tallied regional qualifying scores on the 3-meter board as Zhou was second with 306.67 points and Matranga was third with 276.53 points.

UP NEXT:

- The next time MIT will compete in a meet will be in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship meet which will take place from February 21-24 at WPI. Action is scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm on the 21st.

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