Waltham, MA --- Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece), Emily Martin (Penfield, NY) and Jenny Day (Chelmsford, MA) all registered a pair of individual victories to lead the WPI women's swimming and diving team past Division II Bentley, 183-108, at the Dana Center Pool on Wednesday night. The Crimson and Gray have now won two straight season openers against the Falcons.
Nikolaki posted a 267.37 to win the 1-meter dive and a 248.55 to take the 3-meter event while Martin clocked a 54.86 in the 100-yard freestyle and a 2:14.83 in the 200-yard IM. Day captured the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:17.59 and completed the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:52.30.
The Engineers opened the meet with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay as Marissa Patterson (Hampton, NH), Zoe Eggleston (Newtown, CT), Nysa Casha (Andover, MA) and Martin struck gold with a 1:55.32. Martin, Day and Casha later teamed with Eva Childers (Henniker, NH) to record the best time in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:45.86).
Patterson won the 100-yard backstroke (1:05.21) as Eggleston touched the wall first in the 100-yard breaststroke and Casha took the 100-yard butterfly. Tori Claverie (Derry, NH), Julia Bushell (Windham, NH) and Emily Matsco (Windham, NH) captured the 50-yard freestyle (25.98), 200-yard backstroke (2:20.62) and 200-yard freestyle (2:00.85), respectively. Bentley's Anne Warren (Ellicott City, MD) (200-yard butterfly) and Emily Niemiec (Meriden, CT) (200-yard breaststroke) were the only Falcons to claim an event.
WPI hosts the New England Invitational on Saturday beginning at 1pm. Bentley hosts Le Moyne on Sunday at 2pm.