Casha and Konieczny Key Women's Swimming and Diving's Second Place Showing at Hamilton

Amanda Konieczny

Clinton, NY --- The WPI women's swimming and diving program headed to New York for the weekend to compete in the two-day Hamilton Invitational with the host Continentals and Trinity. The Engineers were led by several individual event winners and strong relays to take second out of three teams with 1,279.50 points. 

Sophomore Nysa Casha (Andover, MA) came away with four first-place finishes, the most of any Engineer. She was the victor in the 50-yard butterfly (27.08), 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.54), 200-yard breaststroke (2:36.24), and tied for first in the 50-yard freestyle (25.95). Casha also took second in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.25) and sixth in the 100-yard freestyle (58.05). 

Freshman Amanda Konieczny (West Springfield, MA) turned in two wins of her own, both on the second day. She touched first in the 100-yard freestyle in 55.40, and the 200-yard butterfly in 2:15.28. The rookie also earned four third-place finishes, in the 50-yard butterfly (28.48), 100-yard butterfly (1:02.20), 100-yard backstroke (1:04.90), and 200-yard individual medley (2:20.22). 

Junior Sonja Kent (West Boylston, MA) finished in the top two in all of her individual events. She won the 400-yard individual medley in a time of 4:45.02. Kent secured second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:16.81), 200-yard butterfly (2:20.00), 200-yard freestyle (2:01.71), 500-yard freestyle (5:19.02), and 1650-yard freestyle (18:44.90). 

The threesome of Konieczny, Kent, and Casha were fixtures on every Crimson and Gray relay. They added Jess Lopez (Palmer, MA) to their crew for the freestyle relays, winning the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:45.84, and taking second in both the 200-freestyle relay (1:43.65) and 800-yard freestyle relay (8:17.81). They also teamed up with backstroker Heather Peruffo (Poughkeepsie, NY) to earn second in both the 200-yard and 400-yard medley relays, in 1:56.39 and 4:10.39, respectively. 

Individually, Peruffo finished second in all three backstroke events, with times of 29.72 in the 50-yard backstroke, 1:04.50 in the 100-yard, and 2:17.83 in the 200-yard. Her classmate, Lopez, took third place in the 200-yard backstroke with a 2:19.48. The seniors had a number of other top finishes as well. Peruffo swam to fifth place in the 200-yard butterfly (2:28.94) and seventh in the 50-yard butterfly (29.25). Lopez captured fifth in the 200-yard freestyle (2:04.58) and 100-yard backstroke (1:08.04), and sixth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:23.21). 

Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece) set the school record in one-meter diving for both six and 11 dives en route to victory in one-meter diving. Her 11-dive score of 437.55 beat the old record by over 30 points. Her six dive score of 276 is also a new standard and an NCAA qualifying score. Racheal Weinrick (Logan Township, NJ) earned fifth place by scoring 221.55 points. 

Allison Indyk (LaGrange, NY) had a trio of fifth place finishes, in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.25), 200-yard breaststroke (2:42.23), and 100-yard individual medley (1:07.66). Other top finishers for WPI were Aimee St. Germain (Manchester, NH) in the 1650-yard freestyle (fifth - 20:47.34), Kelin Song (Providence, RI) in the 100-yard individual medley (sixth - 1:07.67), Kelsey Wall (Marshfield, MA) in the 400-yard individual medley (seventh - 5:23.78) and 200-yard breaststroke (seventh - 2:42.74), Abby DaBoll-Lavoie (Canandaigua, NY) in the 50-yard backstroke (seventh - 32.36), and Kayla DeSanty (Holden, MA) in the 200-yard butterfly (seventh - 2:32.02). 

After a hiatus for final exams and the team's annual training trip to San Juan, the Engineers return to the pool on Saturday, January 12th hosting Regis and Roger Williams at 1pm.