Women's Swim & Dive Wins Three Events on Third Day of NEWMAC Championship

Photo by Frank Poulin
Photo by Frank Poulin

THE BASICS:

Event: 2019 NEWMAC Championship

Results: 1st of 10 (851 points) - After Day Three

Location: Worcester, Mass. (WPI Sports & Recreation Center) 

The Lead: On the third day of the 2019 NEWMAC Championship, the MIT women's swimming and diving team won three events and registered five NCAA 'B' cut times to extend their lead in the team standings.

The Engineers have 851 points as a team and are followed by Wheaton College (627 points), Coast Guard (486), Wellesley College (451), Springfield College (402), WPI (375), Babson College (188), Clark University (184), Mount Holyoke College (181) and Smith College (166).

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT saw two individuals claim the NEWMAC titles in their respective events tonight. Sophomore Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.) took home gold in the 100-breast with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:04.37, which was 0.60-seconds faster than this morning and currently ranks inside the top-20 in Division III. First-year Laura Rosado (New Haven, Conn.) was the other winner for the Engineers tonight as she touched the wall first in the 100-back in an NCAA 'B' cut time of 56.64. 

- The Engineers had three other Engineers in the championship final of the 100-breast as first-year Lindsey Bjornstad (Mequon, Wis.) finished fourth in 1:06.95, classmate Julia Gonik (Irvine, Calif.) was eighth in 1:08.22 and first-year Sydney Vleck (Scarsdale, N.Y.) was tenth in 1:09.17. First-year Jennifer Yu (Pearland, Texas) earned NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference honors in the 100-back with a time of 58.01.

- Yu, Nicholas, Bjornstad and sophomore Olivia McGrath (Chevy Chase, Md.) teamed up to take first place in the 200-medley relay to close tonight's session with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:44.35 which is 0.01-seconds faster than the time the Engineers put together at Invite in December and keeps them at 19th fastest in Division III. The 'B' relay team of Rosado, Gonik and juniors Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) and Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) won the consolation final with a time of 1:48.75.

- Two other individuals earned NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference honors tonight as sophomore Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) finished as the runner-up in the 400-IM with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 4:30.68, which was nearly five seconds faster than her swim this morning, while McGrath took the runner-up spot in the 100-fly with a time of 57.07.

- Rosado finished fifth for the Engineers in the 400-IM in 4:33.89, while first-year Kara Zhang (Cary, N.C.) won the consolation final of the 400-IM in 4:44.10. The Engineers also had three other student-athletes in the championship final of the 100-fly behind McGrath as sophomore Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) finished fourth in 58.40, Yu finished fifth in 58.55 and Burns finished seventh in 58.84. 

- Sophomore Ashley Pearson (Stafford, Va.) and senior Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.) were the fastest Engineers in the 200-free as Pearson took fourth place in 1:55.65 and Chambers took fifth place in 1:56.04. First-yearJasmin Bouzarouata (Astoria, N.Y.) was the other Engineer in the championship final of the 200-free as she clocked a time of 1:57.48 for eighth in the event, while first-year Shannon Hagmaier (Longwood, Fla.) won the consolation final in 1:54.69. 

UP NEXT:

- The Engineers return to the pool tomorrow morning for the final day of the 2019 NEWMAC Championship. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. and finals will start at 6:00 p.m. Events scheduled for tomorrow include the 1650-free, 200-back, 100-free, 200-breast, 200-fly, 3-meter dive and 400-free relay.

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