WORCESTER, Mass. – On the first full day of competition at the 2014 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships, which are being held at WPI through Sunday, Feb. 23, the No. 8 MIT women's swimming and diving team were a strong presence in the pool. After good swims in the preliminaries on Friday morning, a total of 18 Engineers and all four relays qualified to swim in the consolation heat and finals that evening. Following this evening's session, MIT now sits in first place with 505 points, Springfield College is second with 446 and Wellesley College is third with 309.
MIT got the night started off well in the 200-yard medley relay. After coming in third place in prelims with its time of 1:36.97, the Engineers dropped over a second to move up two places to finish in first place with an NCAA B cut time of 1:35.59, touching just six one-hundredths of a second ahead of Springfield's A relay.
In the finals of the 500-yard freestyle, junior Emmie Ryan (Avon, Ind.) dropped almost two seconds off her time from prelims to take second place, touching with an B cut time of 5:00.03. Sophomore Katherine Yu (San Jose, Calif.) moved up from sixth to fourth, dropping almost four seconds to finish with a time of 5:04.92. Also earning points for MIT were sophomore Sarah Wilson (Westerville, Ohio) and junior Georgia Van de Zande (Raleigh, N.C.), who swam in the consolation final and came 15th and 20th with times of 5:19.06 and 5:25.95 respectively.
Six of the 10 spots in the final of the 200-yard Individual Medley were filled by Engineers. Sophomore Teresa de Figueiredo (College Station, Texas) led the way with her second place finish with a time of 2:09.37 and she was followed by junior Taylor Pearl (Solon, Ohio) in sixth place in 2:11.01, freshmen Emily Tsang (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and Tammy Tai (Sunnyvale, Calif.) in seventh and eighth with times of 2:11.28 and 2:11.83. Rounding out the top 10 were junior Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) in ninth with a 2:11.84 and sophomore Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.) in 10th place in 2:14.21. In the consolation final, classmate Sydney Hodges (Richmond, Texas) improved her time from prelims by three seconds to take 13th place with a time of 2:13.91.
Another strong event for the Cardinal and Gray was the 50-yard freestyle, with MIT taking up five of the top 10 positions. Sophomore Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) came in second with a 24.11, freshman Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) was third in 24.12 and sophomore Sarah Osmulski (Rumson, N.J.) was fifth in 24.21. Junior Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.) was ninth with a time of 24.61 and sophomore Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.) came 10th in 24.81. Seniors Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) and Joanna Yeh (Frederick, Md.) took 11th and 17th with times of 24.37 and 25.16 respectively.
In the consolation final of 1-meter diving, senior Jessica Wass (Bismarck, N.D.) earned 11 points towards the Engineers' score when she came in 12th place with a score of 368.05. In the final event of the day, MIT's 400-yard Medley A relay dropped over seven seconds from this morning's swim to take second place with its B cut time of 3:51.82. Tech's B relay was 11th in 3:55.94, finishing almost three seconds ahead of Wellesley's B relay.
Day three of the NEWMAC Championships will commence at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow with the 400 Individual Medley.