South Hadley, MA --- Sophomore Sarah Dinwoodie (East Greenwich, RI) set an individual school record and was part of another one as a member of a relay team to highlight WPI's performance Saturday at the second day of the NEWMAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by Mount Holyoke.
On the day, WPI moved up one spot to seventh place in the 10-team meet. The Crimson and Gray now have 141 points, 20 ahead of eighth-place Smith. MIT leads 10-time defending champion Springfield 614.5 to 577.5.
Dinwoodie placed third while setting a new school standard in the 100-yard backstroke. Her time of 59.64 broke the old mark by over a second. She came back two events later and anchored a foursome of Sonja Kent (West Boylston, MA), Alana Aubin (Taunton, MA) and Heather Peruffo (Poughkeepsie, NY), who smashed the existing record in the 800-yard free by eight seconds. The Engineers finished sixth with a time of 8:07.37. WPI also picked up valuable points as the B relay team of Jess Lopez (Palmer, MA), Taylor Briseno (Mansfield, MA), Kelin Song (Providence, RI), and Alexandra Sanz-Guerrero (Ann Arbor, MI) placed 14th in 8:17.61.
Kent also swam in a championship final, registering a seventh place result in the 400-yard IM. The freshman notched a time of 4:45.27. Other individual scorers for WPI on Saturday included Peruffo in the 100-yard backstroke (11th - 1:02.26) and Aubin in the 100-yard fly (15th - 1:01.38). The quartet of Peruffo, Amanda Blom (Wilkes-Barre, PA), Kent and Dinwoodie hit the wall in eighth place in the 200-yard medley with a time of 1:56.06.
Other top event finishers included Sanz-Guerrero in the 200-yard free (26th - 2:03.35) and Blom in the 100-yard breaststroke (30th - 1:14.33).
Sunday is the final day of the three-day event. Swimming trials being at 11am with finals at 6pm. The 3-meter diving trials commence at 1:30pm.