Women's Swimming and Diving Opens 2013-2014 Season By Defeating Bentley

Sonja Kent

Worcester, MA — Nysa Casha (Andover, MA) and Eva Childers (Henniker, NH) each won a trio of individual events as the WPI women's swimming and diving team opened the 2013-14 campaign with a 167-129 triumph over visiting Division II Bentley at the WPI Sports and Recreation Center on Tuesday night. 

As a team, WPI struck gold in 11 events and had the fastest time in the 400-yard freestyle relay to cap the first meet of the year.  Casha won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.84), the 200-yard breaststroke (2:35.61) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:02.17) while Childers took the top spot in the 200-yard butterfly (2:22.15) as well as the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.26) and 500-yard freestyle events (5:29.82). 

Emily Martin (Penfield, MA) touched the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.26 and took 55.53 to win the 100-yard freestyle. Sonja Kent (West Boylston, MA) got the Engineers started with a win in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:13.38 while Marissa Patterson (Hampton Falls, NH) added a win in the 100-yard backstroke (1:04.00) and Julia Bushell (Windham, NH) took the 200-yard backstroke (2:18.84). Childers, Tori Claveric, Amanda Konieczny (West Springfield, MA) and Martin turned in a time of 3:45.91 to pace the field in the 400-yard freestyle relay. 

On the diving board Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece) came in second in both the 1-meter (264.15) and the 3-meter (224.77) while Sam Sargalski (Windsor, CT) turned in scores of 163.42 and 145.35 to finish fourth in both events.

WPI is back in the pool on Saturday, when they head to Middletown, CT for the New England Invitational hosted by Wesleyan. 

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