Westwood, Mass. (November 13) – Freshman Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) and the 400 free relay team comprised of Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.), Ashley Pearson (Stafford, Va.), Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) and Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) have all earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete of the Week honors for their performances against Division I Cornell University and Brown University over the weekend.
Individually on Friday against Cornell, Allen swam the fastest time in the country in the 200-fly when she finished first in 2:03.90 and then bested that mark on Saturday when she notched a time of 2:03.68 for first place against Brown. Her times were good enough for a pair of NCAA "B" cut times as she has made a major impact for the No. 6 ranked MIT women's swimming and diving team in three meets thus far. Additionally, against Brown, she was the fastest swimmer in the 100-fly after touching the wall in a time of 58.39 for fourth in the event.
The 400 free relay team closed the meet against Cornell with a bang as Staszel, Pearson, Burns and Holman registered a first place finish in the event with a time of 3:37.59. Not only did the quartet add 11 points to the Engineers score, but was fast enough for the 10th best time in the country this season.
MIT is back in action this weekend with a dual meet at home against WPI and Bowdoin College. Action is expected to get underway at 12:30 from inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool.