December 9, 2013

MIT Earns Two NEWMAC Weekly Awards

BOSTON, Mass. – After the MIT Winter Invitational, the MIT women's swimming and diving team swept two of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) weekly awards. The 200-yard freestyle relay, made up of sophomore Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.), freshman Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.), junior Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.) and senior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.), was named the Relay of the Week, while Jedryka also won Swimmer of the Week.

MIT finished the two-day, three-session meet in first place with 1208.5 points, finishing over 400 points ahead of the second place-finishing team, and earning 17 NCAA B cuts and breaking three records in the process. To start the weekend off, the 200 free relay touched in first place with a time of 1:33.95, not only breaking the school record and easily earning the B cut, but also beating their time of 1:34.15 that earned them a fifth place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships.

Throughout the weekend, Jedryka had seven first-place finishes. Apart from the 200 free relay, she was also part of the winning 400-yard medley relay (3:48.88) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:27.89). Individually, she tied for first in the 50-yard freestyle (23.72), and won the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.42), 100-yard backstroke (56.35) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.15). She broke the school record in the 200 back and is currently ranked third in the nation. She was also named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Week for her performances.

This was Tech's final meet of the 2013 portion of the season. MIT will next compete at home on Saturday, Jan. 11 against Coast Guard.