Worcester, MA ---In its debut meet in the new Sports and Recreation Center, the WPI women's swimming and diving team opened its season with victories over Vassar (161-138) and Clarkson (220-66) on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers depth was key in both wins of the double-dual meet.
Vassar defeated Clarkson 229-59 in the other double-dual contest.
Junior Sonja Kent (West Boylston, MA) led the way with individual victories in the 1000-yard freestyle (11:06.15), 200-yard butterfly (2:20.04), and 500-yard freestyle (5:28.03). Transfer student Nysa Casha (Andover, MA) also won a pair events, touching the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle (26.20) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:38.17).
Freshmen Amanda Konieczny (West Springfield, MA) and Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece) both had successful debuts for the Crimson and Gray; Konieczny earned victories in the 100-yard backstroke (1:05.37) and 100-yard butterfly (1:03.65), while Nikolaki was great on the boards, winning both the 1-meter (246.30) and 3-meter (222.00) diving events. Senior captain Heather Peruffo (Poughkeepsie, NY) finished first in the 200-yard backstroke (2:22.22) and placed third in the 100-yard backstroke (1:05.82).
WPI started the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay (1:56.08). Later, Konieczny and Kent teamed up with senior Jess Lopez (Palmer, MA) and junior Taylor Briseno (Mansfield, MA) to take the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:54.76). Individually, Lopez added a third place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (2:07.33) and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (59.03), while Briseno finished fourth in both the 100-yard (1:06.01) and 200-yard butterfly (2:27.13).
Sophomore Allison Indyk (LaGrange, NY) finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:16.09) in her first meet for WPI. Junior Kelin Song (Providence, RI) was also strong for the Engineers, with fourth place finishes in the 200-yard backstroke (2:30.01) and 200-yard individual medley (2:31.31). Other fourth place finishers include sophomore Aimee St. Germain (Manchester, NH) in the 1000-yard freestyle (12:26.28) and junior Kelsey Wall (Marshfield, MA) in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:48.75).
The Engineers are back in action next weekend when they host the New England Invitational at 1pm.