Women's Swimming and Diving Claims Seventh Straight NEWMAC Title

Women's Swimming and Diving Claims Seventh Straight NEWMAC Title

THE BASICS:

- Event: 2017 NEWMAC Championship

- Results: 1st of 10 teams - 1422 points - Final

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

- The Lead: The MIT women's swimming and diving team claimed their seventh straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship after a strong fourth day in the pool in Worcester. For her effort in the pool this weekend, freshman Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) was named as the league's Rookie of the Year.

MIT accumulated 1422 points which was nearly double the amount that second place finisher WPI (769.5) totaled this weekend. Wheaton College finished third (766), Springfield College was fourth (742), Wellesley College was fifth (529), Coast Guard was sixth (483), Smith College was seventh (359.5), Clark University was eighth (316), Mount Holyoke College was ninth (235) and Babson College was tenth (169).

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Holman continued her dominance in the pool with a first place finish in the 200-fly as she clocked a time of 2:04.55 for an NCAA "B" cut and then aided the 400-free relay "A" team to first place in an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:27.42. The freshman teamed up with classmate Kelly Craig (Valparaiso, Ind.), junior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.) and senior Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) to win the meet's final event.

- Sophomore Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.), junior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) and freshman Rachel O'Grady (Sarasota, Fla.) began tonight's final session with "B" cut times in the 1650-free. Chambers notched a time of 17:12.86 and was followed by Thielking in second (17:16.16) and O'Grady in fourth (17:30.88). 

- Jedryka, freshman Kathy Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and sophomore Clare Wieland (Lake Forest, Ill.) swept the top-thee places in the 200-back as Jedryka registered a first place finish with an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:01.89, Pan was in second in 2:05.22 and Wieland was third in 2:09.15.

- The Engineers were also able to secure four podium spots in the 100-free, three in the 200-fly, three in the 3-meter dive and two in the 200-breast.

- Thielking was the runner up in the 200-fly in an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:07.03 and Chen was the runner up in the 200-breast in an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:19.68. Behind Holman and Thielking in the 200-fly was senior Maddie Severance (Brookfield, Wis.) in seventh with a time of 2:12.81 and behind Chen in the 200-breast was senior Emily Tsang (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) in sixth with a time of 2:29.00.

- Freshman Vivian Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) earned NEWMAC All-Conference Second Team honors as she claimed second place on the 3-meter board with a score of 488.75. Zhou narrowly edged out sophomore Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) who finished third with a score of 479.40. Sophomore Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Cailf.) rounded out the Engineers on the diving podium as she took seventh with a score of 444.85. All three will compete in next weekend's NCAA Division III Northeast-North Diving Regionals looking to qualify for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship held in Shenandoah, Texas from March 15-18, 2017.

- MIT claimed four podium spots in the 100-free to round out the highlights for the Engineers tonight. Craig took fourth (52.94), classmate Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) was fifth (53.00) and freshman Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) was sixth (53.14).

UP NEXT:

- Prior to the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship in a few weeks, MIT's three qualified divers will compete at home in the NCAA Division III Northeast-North Diving Regionals on Friday and Saturday February 17th and 18th inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool.

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