Women's Swimming and Diving Takes Home Ninth Consecutive NEWMAC Championship

Photo by Frank Poulin
Photo by Frank Poulin

THE BASICS:

- Event: 2019 NEWMAC Championship

- Results: 1st of 10 (1281 points) - Final

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

- The Lead: The MIT women's swimming and diving team won its ninth straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship after the Engineers totaled 1281 points over the four day meet.

At the conclusion of the meet, first-year Laura Rosado (New Haven, Conn.) was named as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, while sophomore Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) took home NEWMAC Diver of the Year accolades.

MIT accumulated 1281 points which was ahead of 373 points ahead of second place Wheaton College which totaled 908 points. Coast Guard finished third (724 points), Springfield College was fourth (651), Wellesley College was fifth (608), WPI was sixth (605), Babson College was seventh (272), Mount Holyoke College was eighth (253), Clark University was ninth (242) and Smith College was tenth (228).

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Of the seven events contested tonight, MIT took first place in six and finished 1-2 in three of them. In the 200-back, Rosado claimed the league title with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 2:00.99, while sophomore Ashley Pearson (Stafford, Va.) earned Second Team All-Conference honors with a time of 2:05.51.

- The next event, the 100-free, saw four Engineers in the championship final including first-year Lindsey Bjornstad (Mequon, Wis.), who took home gold in a time of 52.20, first-year Shannon Hagmaier (Longwood, Fla.), who earned Second Team All-Conference honors in 52.31. Additionally, junior Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) finished sixth in 53.34 and sophomore Olivia McGrath (Chevy Chase, Md.) took seventh in 53.53.

- Sophomore Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.) was the next champion for MIT as she won the 200-breast in an NCAA 'B' cut time of 2:21.61. First-year Julia Gonik (Irvine, Calif.) was the only other Engineer in the championship final of the 200-breast as she finished fourth with a time of 2:26.73.

- Sophomore Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) took home the league title in the 200-fly with her NCAA 'B' cut time of 2:04.26, while classmate Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) earned Second Team All-Conference honors with a time of 2:08.32.

- In the meet's longest event, the 1650-free, senior Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.) finished in third place with a time of 17:38.57, first-year Emily Yuan (Newbury Park, Calif.) touched the wall fifth in 17:57.80 and classmate Jessica Cohen (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) was 24th in 19:13.12. 

- The 'A' 400 free relay team closed the meet with yet another gold medal as Bjornstad, Rosado, Staszel and Hagmaier finished first with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 3:28.08, which currently ranks 13th in Division III. McGrath, first-year Kara Zhang (Cary, N.C.), classmate Jasmin Bouzarouata (Astoria, N.Y.) and junior Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) won the 'B' final with a time of 3:34.09.

- In the diving well, MIT had student-athletes place first, second, third and fifth in the championship final. Wen took home gold with a score of 525.05, junior Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) finished second with 510.50 points, senior Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) took third with 506.80 points and senior Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) finished fifth with 473.60 points. All four divers will compete at next weekend's Division III Northeast-North Diving Regional held at MIT.

UP NEXT: 

- Prior to the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship in a few weeks, MIT's qualified divers will compete in the NCAA Division III Northeast-North Diving Regionals next weekend, March 1 and 2, at home. Full details of the regional will be made available later this week.

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