WORCESTER, Mass. - On the first day of the four-day, eight-session New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships at WPI on Thursday evening, four members of the MIT women's swimming and diving team opened the meet with the 800-yard freestyle relay. Also competing was freshman Teresa de Figueiredo (College Station, Texas), who swam the time trial of the 200-yard breaststroke. Tech is currently in second place with 70 points, while Springfield College is narrowly ahead with 74.
Tech's 800 free relay touched in second place with a time of 7:34.21, finishing just two tenths of a second behind Springfield's A relay, which took first. MIT's relay, made up of junior Emmie Ryan (Avon, Ind.), senior Joanna Yeh (Frederick, Md.), sophomore Katherine Yu (San Jose, Calif.) and freshman Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.), broke the MIT record from the 2010-11 season by over a second and a half. Finishing 10 seconds later in third place was Wellesley College's A relay with its time of 7:44.33. MIT's B relay was 11th with a time of 7:46.66.
To end the evening, de Figueiredo time trialed the 200 breast, swimming by herself and touching with a time of 2:22.52. Her time is almost two full seconds under the NCAA B cut.
Tech will return to the pool tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. for the next session of the meet. The women's 200-yard freestyle relay will get things started and will be followed by the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard Individual Medley, 50-yard freestyle, 400-yard medley relay and women's 1-meter diving.