Women's Swimming & Diving Wins 4th Consecutive NEWMAC Title

WORCESTER, Mass. - MIT's women's swimming and diving claimed its fourth consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title on Sunday evening, ending the four-day meet  with 1405 points, which is almost 400 more than what it scored at last year's Championships. Springfield College repeated as runner-up with 1209.5 points and Wellesley College came in third place with 879. Throughout the weekend, the Cardinal and Gray earned 15 NCAA B cut times and won three relays, while senior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) was the only MIT swimmer to win two individual events.

Tech had three Engineers competing in the 1650-yard freestyle to open the final session of the meet. Junior Emmie Ryan (Avon, Ind.) finished highest for MIT when she came in fourth place with a B cut time of 17:29.00, leaving a 13 second gap between her and the fifth place finisher. Senior Sarah Weiss (Edina, Minn.) took 10th in 18:26.36 and junior Georgia Van de Zande (Raleigh, N.C.) was 13th with an 18:32.18.

Rogers dropped seven seconds off her time from the preliminaries of the 200-yard backstroke to win her second event of the weekend, setting a new NEWMAC record with her time of 2:01.88. She finished four seconds under the B cut and touched almost five seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Junior Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) came in third place with a 2:07.01 and sophomore Katherine Yu (San Jose, Calif.) was fourth in 2:09.01. Rounding out the top 10 were sophomore Danielle Garside (Broomfield, Colo.) and junior Taylor Pearl (Solon, Ohio), who took seventh and ninth place with times of 2:12.31 and 2:13.07. Tech earned 102 points in this event alone.

In the consolation final of the 100-yard freestyle, freshman Isabella Voelkl (Austin, Texas) and sophomore Sarah Wilson (Westerville, Ohio) took 13th and 20th place with times of 54.05 and 55.26. MIT took second, fourth through sixth, and 10th in the championship final, with sophomore Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) coming in second place in 52.41, junior Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.) finishing in fourth with a 52.90 and freshman Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) touching in fifth in 52.98. Senior Joanna Yeh (Frederick, Md.) was sixth and sophomore Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.) was 10th with times of 53.12 and 53.59 respectively.

Senior Chelsea Finn (Pleasanton, Calif.) and freshman Tammy Tai (Sunnyvale, Calif.) represented the Cardinal and Gray in the consolation final of the 200-yard breaststroke, with Finn taking 12th in 2:28.39 and Tai finishing in 18th place with a time of 2:34.89. Finishing highest for MIT in the championship final was sophomore Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.), who claimed second place with her B cut time of 2:23.34, while freshman Teresa de Figueiredo (College Station, Texas) followed soon after in third with a 2:23.73, also earning a B cut. Classmate Emily Tsang (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) took fourth in 2:25.57 and sophomore Sydney Hodges (Richmond, Texas) was sixth with a 2:27.05.

Just two Engineers swam in finals of the 200-yard butterfly, with sophomore Sarah Osmulski (Rumson, N.J.) finishing in third place with a B cut of 2:08.31 and freshman Madeleine Severance (Brookfield, Wis.) touching directly after her in fourth with a 2:10.37.

On the 3-meter diving board, senior Jessica Wass (Bismarck, N.D.) came in10th place in the championship final with a score of 383.35, earning 13 points towards the Cardinal and Gray's final score. To end the week, the MIT 400-yard freestyle A relay touched in second place with a B cut time of 3:28.67, finishing three tenths of a second behind Springfield's A relay.

In all, Tech earned 15 NEWMAC All-Conference nods.

Tech's divers will compete at the NCAA Diving Regionals, which will take place from Friday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 1 at RPI. After that, the Cardinal and Gray will not compete until the NCAA Championships, which are set to take place from Wednesday through Saturday, March 19-22 at Indiana University.

To watch the 2013 NEWMAC Swimming and Diving Highlight Video, click here 

Women's Team Rankings
1. MIT 1405
2. Springfield 1209.5
3. Wellesley 879
4. WPI 567.5
5. Wheaton 521
6. Mount Holyoke 468
7. Coast Guard 453
8. Clark 398
9. Smith 347
10. Babson 254