MIT Women Sweep All Five Swimming Events On Night Two Of NEWMAC Championship

Kayla Holman, Catherine Wu, Jessica Chen, Veronika Jedryka
Kayla Holman, Catherine Wu, Jessica Chen, Veronika Jedryka

THE BASICS:

- Event: 2017 NEWMAC Championship

- Location: Worcester, Mass. (WPI Sports and Recreation Center Pool)

- Results: 1st of 10 teams - 596 points - After Day Two

- The Lead: The MIT women's swimming and diving team extended their points lead to nearly 300 tonight after two sessions of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship. As a team, MIT claimed gold in all five events contested in the pool with the exception of the 1-meter dive. The Engineers, who have 564 points, are currently ahead of Springfield College (296), WPI (272), Wheaton College (246), Wellesley College (223), Coast Guard (190), Smith College (160), Clark University (143), Mount Holyoke College (114) and Babson College (88).

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The night started off strong for the MIT women's team as senior Veronika Jedryka (Arlingtow Heights, Ill.) along with freshmen Priscilla Wu (Cincinnatti, Ohio), Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) and Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) won the 200-free relay in a time of 1:34.36. The quartet achieved an NCAA "B" cut with their time in finals, but bested it with a time of 1:34.15 during prelims this morning. Junior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.), sophomore Catherine Wu (Pearland, Texas), senior Emily Tsang (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), and freshman Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) followed suit with a first place finish in the "B" final of the event as they clocked a time of 1:37.74.

- Holman followed up her performance from the 200-free relay by claiming the NEWMAC title in the 200-IM. The freshman swam a time of 2:06.40 for an NCAA "B" cut smashing her personal best time by 2.28-seconds. Holman was joined on the podium by Chen, who finished second in 2:07.27, freshman Kathy Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), who was in fourth in 2:08.87 and senior Tammy Tai (Sunnyvale, Calif.), who was in seventh in 2:11.44.

- The Engineers also maintained four podium positions in the 500-free as senior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) clocked a career-best time of 4:59.02 for an NCAA "B" cut. Thielking aided MIT in sweeping the top-3 finishing positions tonight as sophomore Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.) was second in 5:00.95 and freshman Kelly Craig (Valparaiso, Ind.) was third in 5:01.13. In addition, freshman Rachel O'Grady (Sarasota, Fla.) made her way to the podium with her sixth place finish in 5:09.08.

- In the 50-free, MIT claimed five of the top-10 spots on the podium as well as the top-3 finishers in the league this year. P. Wu clocked a 23.53 for the league championship and an NCAA "B" cut, while Jedryka notched a "B" cut of her own with a time of 23.83. The duo was joined by Staszel, who was in third in 24.24. In addition, Burns swam 24.56 for sixth and C. Wu swam a time of 25.00-flat for tenth.

- Before the session's final event - the 400-medley relay - the women's 1-meter diving competition was contested. Freshman Vivian Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.), in her first NEWMAC Championship, took third place with an 11-dive score of 452.55. Sophomore Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) was fourth with 442.70 points and classmate Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) Was seventh with 424.90 points. All three have qualified for NCAA Diving Regionals next weekend, but before that they will compete on the 3-meter board on Sunday evening to close the NEWMAC Championship.

- Coming off a time of 3:51.45 in prelims this morning, the 400-medley relay bested that time by over four seconds to secure the "B" cut and the league title. Jedryka, Chen, C. Wu and Holman all closed the meet on a high note for the Engineers, who have almost a 300 point lead heading into tomorrow.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will return to the pool tomorrow for the third day of the 2017 NEWMAC Championship and will compete in the 400-IM, 100-fly, 200-free, 100-breast, 100-back and 200-medley relay. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. and finals will start at approximately 6:00 p.m. from WPI.

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