Records Galore as Women's Swimming and Diving Places Fourth at NEWMACs

Sonja Kent
Sonja Kent

Worcester, MA --- The WPI women's swimming and diving held on for its best finish in program history at the NEWMAC Championship meet, placing fourth out of 10 teams with 567.5 points, also breaking 10 school records over the four-day event hosted at WPI's Sports and Recreation Center. 

Senior captain Sonja Kent (West Boylston, MA) gave the Engineers their top individual finish in the night's opening event, taking seventh in the 1,650 free (17:59.88). 

The final event, the 400 free relay, brought WPI its top showing overall as a team of Emily Martin (Penfield, NY), Eva Childers (Henniker, NH), Tori Claverie (Derry, NH) and Nysa Casha (Andover, MA) finished in 3:36.40 for fifth place and a new WPI record. Casha also won the consolation final in women's 200 breast, posting the seventh-fastest time overall as the clocked in at 2:27.09. 

Martin was the only other WPI swimmer to reach a championship final on Sunday, taking eighth in the 200 fly, posting a time of 2:14.89. Amanda Konieczny (West Springfield, MA) (2:18.74) took fourth in the consolation final, while Taylor Briseno (Mansfield, MA) (2:21.26) was seventh in the same race. 

Diver Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece) also made the championship final in the 3-meter dive, taking eighth place with a score of 430.45. 

Julia Bushell (Windham, NH) (2:12.31) and Marissa Patterson (Hampton Falls, NH) (2:13.94) came in second and fourth in the 200 back consolation final. 

Martin and Childers closed out the WPI participation with their roles in the 100 free consolation heat as Martin took fourth (54.14) and Childers seventh (54.60).

The Engineers turn their attention to the NCAA Diving Regional next weekend when Nikolaki will compete in the two-day event at RPI.

Release by Carl Setterlund - WPI Athletics Intern - Emerson '14