- Event: 2017 NEWMAC Championship
- Results: 1st of 10 teams - 70 points - After Day One
- Location: Worcester, Mass. (WPI Sports and Recreation Center Pool)
- The Lead: The MIT women's swimming and diving team opened the 2017 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship by sweeping the top spots in both heats of the 800 Free Relay. The Engineers sit in first place with 70 points and are followed by WPI (60 points), Springfield College (56), Coast Guard (52), Wheaton College(48), Smith College (42), Wellesley College (42), Clark University (36), Mount Holyoke College (30) and Babson College (30).
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT's "A" relay comprised of senior Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.), freshman Kathy Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), classmate Kelly Craig (Valparaiso, Ind.) and sophomore Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.) clocked an NCAA "B" cut time of 7:34.77 almost three seconds faster than the second place finishing team from WPI.
- MIT's "B" relay team made up of junior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.), freshman Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.), classmate Alexandrine Obrand (Westmount, Quebec) and senior Tammy Tai (Sunyvale, Calif.) also clinched first in their heat as they combined for a time of 7:42.76, which was 12.04-seconds faster than WPI's "B" team. In the race, Thielking (1:53.53) and swam a collegiate best times in her 200-free leg.
- MIT returns to the pool tomorrow for the second of four days of the 2017 NEWMAC Championship. The Engineers will compete in the 200-free relay, 500-free, 200-IM, 50-free, 400-medley relay and the 1-meter dive.
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Women's Swimming and Diving Takes 800 Free Relay To Open NEWMAC Championship