Women's Swimming and Diving Uses Late Relay Win to Complete Sweep

Amanda Konieczny

Worcester, MA --- The WPI women's swimming and diving team captured the 400-yard freestyle relay to take a thrilling 144-142 victory over Wheaton to complete a sweep of a double-dual meet on Thursday evening.  The victory over the Lyons was the first for the Engineers during the tenure of ninth-year head coach Paul Bennett. 

The hosts also defeated UMass Dartmouth 175-116 at the Sports and Recreation Center.  In the third portion of the meet, Wheaton swam past UMass 156-120. 

The winning 400-yard freestyle relay (4:02.20) squad was comprised of freshman Kayla DeSanty (Holden, MA), junior Kelin Song (Providence, RI), and seniors Alex Sanz-Guerrero (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and Jess Lopez (Palmer, MA). The foursome also placed well in their individual events. Song picked up second place in the 200-yard individual medley (2:23.87), and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:08.64) and 500-yard freestyle (5:50.48). In the 200-yard freestyle, Lopez scored third (2:06.55) and Sanz-Guerrero took home sixth (2:14.90). Lopez also grabbed fifth in the 200-yard backstroke (2:24.82) and 200-yard individual medley (2:28.85). DeSanty was fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:07.03). 

Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece) was phenomenal on the boards, winning both diving events.  Her score of 260.00 points on 3-meter was just five points short of the NCAA-qualifying score. She took 1-meter as well with 283.00 points. Junior Sam Sargalski (Windsor, CT) was third on both boards with 156.50 on 1-meter and 152.40 on 3-meter, in addition to sprinting to fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (27.72). 

Nysa Casha (Andover, MA) took home two victories for WPI. The sophomore reached the wall first in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.87) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.11). She also splashed-and-dashed her way to second place in the 50-yard freestyle. 

Amanda Konieczny (West Springfield, MA) had two conquests of her own. The freshman started by winning the 200-yard butterfly (2:19.56), then followed up it up with the top time in the 100-yard freestyle (56.98). She finished her campaign with third in the 500-yard freestyle (5:42.06). 

Allison Indyk (LaGrange, NY) pulled in two second place finishes for the Engineers. Her time of 2:40.16 in the 200-yard breaststroke was a season best for the sophomore. Indyk was also runner up in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.42) behind Casha and placed sixth in the 50-yard freestyle (28.48). 

Senior Heather Peruffo (Poughkeepsie, NY) scored highly in both backstroke events, taking second in the 100-yard (1:05.62) and fourth in the 200-yard (2:24.48). Peruffo, Indyk, Casha, and Konieczny combined for second place in the 200-yard medley relay (1:56.82), a close race which set the tone for the rest of the meet. 

Freshman Danielle Healy (Cohasset, MA) grabbed fourth place (11:53.50) in her first 100-yard freestyle of the season. WPI's other top six finishers were Abby DaBoll-Lavoie (Canandaigua, NY) in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:51.15) and 100-yard backstroke (1:11.47) and Katie Hedberg (Southington, CT) in the 200-yard butterfly (3:03.84).

Next up, WPI heads on the road, traveling to Brandeis for a 1pm meet on Saturday.