Women's 200 Medley Relay Breaks School, NEWMAC and Meet Record On Day Three of NEWMAC Championship

Priscilla Wu, Catherine Wu, Jessica Chen, Nanette Wu
Priscilla Wu, Catherine Wu, Jessica Chen, Nanette Wu

THE BASICS:

Event: 2017 NEWMAC Championship

Results: 1st of 10 teams - 985 points - After Day Three

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

The Lead: The MIT women's swimming diving team ended night three of the 2017 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) with a bang as the Engineers' 200-medley relay team smashed the meet, conference, and school record with a time of 1:43.67. With three full night's complete in Worcester, MIT continues to lead with 985 points and is followed by host WPI (518.5 points), Wheaton College (496), Springfield College (487), Wellesley College (348), Coast Guard (341), Smith College (240.5), Clark University (232), Mount Holyoke College (163) and Babson College (116).

HOW IT HAPPENED:

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The night's final event brought together freshman Nanette Wu (Cupertino, Calif.), junior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.), sophomore Catherine Wu (Pearland, Texas) and freshman Priscilla Wu (Cincinnatti, Ohio) as the quartet registered a new meet, NEWMAC and school record in the 200-medley relay in 1:43.67. The time, which was also good enough for an NCAA "B" cut 2.97-seconds quicker than the second place finishing team from Wheaton. The old meet, NEWMAC and school record of 1:43.88 was set a year ago by MIT, a team that featured C. Wu and Chen.

- MIT's "B" 200-medley "B" relay team of sophomore Clare Wieland (Lake Forest, Ill.), freshman Emily Zhang (Palo Alto, Calif.), classmate Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) and freshman Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) took first in their heat as well in a time of 1:48.97.

- Prior to the relays, MIT found its groove once again in the pool for the third day of the championship. The Engineers claimed six of the ten podium spots in the 100-fly, which included a first place finish by Holman in 57.27, a third place finish by C. Wu in 57.90, a fifth place finish by Burns in 58.41, a sixth place finish by sophomore Yida Wang (Monterey Park, Calif.) in 58.99, an eighth place finish by freshman Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) in 59.61 and a ninth place finish by senior Maddie Severance (Brookfield, Wis.) in 1:00.00.

- Freshman Kathy Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was the only other Engineers to claim gold tonight as she won the 400-IM in 4:30.58 for an NCAA "B" cut. She shaved nearly five-seconds off her time from prelims this morning to win the event this evening. Pan was followed by sophomore Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.) in second (4:36.06 - NCAA "B" cut) and senior Tammy Tai (Sunnyvale, Calif.) in sixth (4:41.55).

-  In the 100-breast, both Chen and P. Wu earned NCAA "B" cut times for their efforts as Chen placed second in 1:03.84 for NEWMAC All-Conference honors and P. Wu was third in 1:04.85. Senior Emily Tsang (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) joined Chen and P. Wu on the podium as she clocked a time of 1:08.37.

- Senior Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) was the final Engineer to earn an NCAA "B" cut time this evening. The reigning 100-back NEWMAC Champion and meet record holder from a year ago was edged by Wheaton's Jenna Hayden for the title as Jedryka swam a 56.84 for second place. Jedryka was one of four Engineers on the podium in the 100-back as C. Wu finished fourth (59.09), N. Wu took fifth (59.19) and Wieland was sixth (59.21).

- MIT freshman Kelly Craig (Valparaiso, Ind.) rounded out the highlights for the Engineers tonight as she took third place in the 200-free in a time of 1:53.58.

UP NEXT:

- Tomorrow, MIT returns to the pool for the final day of the 2017 NEWMAC Championship. The Engineers will compete in the 1650-free, 200-back, 100-free, 200-breast, 200-fly, the 3-meter dive and the 400-free relay.

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