Engineers Increase Lead at NEWMAC Championships

Senior Christy Rogers
Senior Christy Rogers

WORCESTER, Mass. - MIT's women's swimming and diving team furthered its lead on the third day of the 2014 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships at WPI on Saturday night. With one more day of competition to go, the No. 8 Cardinal and Gray sits in first with 927 points. Springfield College is second with 836.5 and Wellesley College is in third place with 604 points.

Tech earned a total of 45 points in the 400-yard Individual Medley when junior Taylor Pearl (Solon, Ohio) finished in third place with a 4:37.83 and freshman Tammy Tai (Sunnyvale, Calif.) came in fourth in 4:41.52. In the 100-yard breaststroke, sophomore Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.) touched in second place with an NCAA B cut time of 1:04.44 and freshman Emily Tsang (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) came in seventh with a 1:07.69. Earning points in the consolation final were junior Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.) and sophomore Sydney Hodges (Richmond, Texas), who were 12th and 14th with times of 1:08.05 and 1:08.66 respectively.

With three Engineers in consolations and three in finals, MIT swam well in the 100-yard butterfly. Sophomore Teresa de Figueiredo (College Station, Texas), who was second in the 200-yard Individual Medley yesterday, took sixth place in 58.35, while sophomores Danielle Garside (Broomfield, Colo.) and Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.) were seventh and tenth with times of 58.39 and 58.92. In the consolation final, sophomore Sarah Osmulski (Rumson, N.J.) claimed 11th in 58.22, senior Joanna Yeh (Frederick, Md.) was 12th with a 58.89 and freshman Madeleine Severance (Brookfield, Wis.) came in 19th place with a 1:00.85.

Junior Emmie Ryan (Avon, Ind.) took second place in her second event of the weekend, this time in the 200-yard freestyle, touching with an NCAA B cut time of 1:52.93. Sophomore Katherine Yu (San Jose, Calif.) was sixth with a 1:54.72, while classmate Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) came 11th in 1:56.59 and junior Georgia Van de Zande (Raleigh, N.C.) finished in 15th place with a 1:59.94.

MIT took first, second, fifth and eighth in the final of the 100-yard backstroke, with senior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) defending her title from last year and touching with a B cut of 56.84 and freshman Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) coming in second place in 57.37, also earning a B cut. In her second individual event of the night, Garside took fifth in 58.98 and junior Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) was ninth with a 59.80. The Engineers' lone representative in the consolation final was freshman Isabella Voelkl (Austin, Texas), who came in 11th place with a time of 59.76.

The final event for the day was the 200-yard medley relay, which was won by Tech's A relay with its B cut time of 1:45.59. Composed of Rogers, Finney, Garside and Yang, the relay touched just over half a second ahead of Wellesley's A relay.

MIT will return to the pool tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. for the final day of the NEWMAC Championships.