Casha Sets School Record in Women's Swimming and Diving Win at Bridgewater State

Taylor Briseno

Bridgewater, MA --- WPI women's swimming and diving completed its dual meet season with a victory over Bridgewater State on Saturday, 206-184. The Engineers relied on their depth and a strong push in the second half of the meet to take the win.

Taylor Briseno (Mansfield, MA) was strong for the Crimson and Gray, with the top time in both the 50-yard butterfly (29.50) and 100-yard butterfly (1:05.89). The junior also finished second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:10.03).

Nysa Casha (Andover, MA) showed off her versatility by winning three very different events. The sophomore standout first won the 200-yard butterfly (2:21.73), then the 500-yard freestyle (5:32.11). She capped it off with a school record time of 1:03.64 in the 100-yard individual medley. Casha led a sweep in the 500-yard freestyle, followed by freshmen Danielle Healy (Cohasset, MA) (5:58.13) and Katie Candiloro (North Adams, MA) (6:04.95).

The relay team of Heather Peruffo (Poughkeepsie, NY), Casha, Amanda Konieczny (West Springfield, MA), and Sam Sargalski (Windsor, CT) came from behind to win the 200-medley relay (2:00.55) at the start of the meet. Konieczny triumphed in the next event, the 1000-yard freestyle (12:07.14), and grabbed second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:27.36) and 50-yard backstroke (33.26). Sargalski won another close race in the 50-yard freestyle (27.87), in addition to picking up third place points in the 1-meter diving (177.40). Fellow diver Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece) won both diving events, taking 1-meter diving in 265.95 and 3-meter in 242.80.

Junior Kelin Song (Providence, RI) had two victories of her own, taking the 200-yard individual medley (2:25.) and 50-yard breaststroke (36.26). Kelsey Wall (Marshfield, MA) and Nikole Stone (Keene, NH) finished second (37.24) and third (37.71) in the 50-yard breaststroke to sweep the event. Song also finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:19.29), with Abby Daboll-Lavoie (Canandaigua, NY) following closely behind for third (1:20.25). Additionally, Wall swam to second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:49.21).

Peruffo turned in a trio of second place finishes on the day. The senior touched second in the 100-yard backstroke (1:08.86), 200-yard backstroke (2:30.15), and 100-yard individual medley (1:11.35).

Sophomore Aimee St. Germain (Manchester, NH) picked up second in the 1000-yard freestyle (12:46.27) and touched third in the 200-yard butterfly (2:56.79).

Other third place finishers for the Crimson and Gray were Alex Sanz-Guerrero (Ann Arbor, MI) in the 200-yard freestyle (2:14.08), Daboll-Lavoie in the 200-yard backstroke (2:34.44), Healy in the 50-yard backstroke (34.93), and Kayla DeSanty (Holden, MA) in the 100-yard butterfly (1:13.09).

The Engineers, who finish their season 9-3, now look towards the NEWMAC championships, which will take place at MIT February 15-17.