Worcester, MA --- Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece) highlighted a strong day for the WPI Women's Swimming and Diving team on Day 2 of the NEWMAC Championship meet as the tournament hosts stayed competitive with six top 10 finishes in six events.
Nikolaki was the top individual performer, grabbing fourth place in the 3-meter dive with 437.65 points.
The Crimson and Gray finished the day with 258 points, slotting them into fourth place out of 10 teams. Defending champion MIT holds a sizable lead (497 points), but WPI isn't far behind second-place Springfield (303) and Wellesley (286).
Freshmen Jenny Day (Chelmsford, MA) and Emily Matsco (Windham, NH) finished back-to-back in the 500-yard freestyle, with Day taking sixth place (5:08.92) and Matsco finishing seventh (5:09.10). Eva Childers (Henniker, NH) won the 'B' final with a time of 5:16.81, while Thea Reymann (Seaside Park, NJ) also scored in the event, coming in 20th (5:26.86).
Emily Martin (Penfield, NY) had WPI's final solo top 10 performance, securing seventh place in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:10.95.
The hosts kept their momentum going in the relays, touching fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:37.96) with a squad of Nysa Casha (Andover, MA), Tori Claverie (Derry, NH), Day and Martin. They scraped up a few more points in the 'B' final, taking fourth (1:41.72) in that race as well with a group comprised of Julia Bushell (Windham, NH), Childers, Matsco and Amanda Konieczny (West Springfield, MA).
WPI came in fifth in the 400-yard medley relay, posting a time of 4:02.61 with a team of Marissa Patterson (Hampton, NH), Zoe Eggleston (Newtown, CT), Casha and Matsco. The Engineers again gained significant points from their 'B' team as well, placing third in that heat with a time of 4:03.59. WPI used a 400 medley relay 'B' team of Bushell, Day, Konieczny and Allysa Grant (Framingham, MA), The Crimson and Gray added just under 200 points to their team total on Friday, with 52 points coming in each of the relay events.
Claverie was WPI's top finisher in the 50-yard freestyle, coming in 17th place (25.14) out of 59 competitors — including Friday morning's preliminaries — to gain four points for the home side.
Freshman Hayley Poskus (Middleboro, MA) scooped up six points with a score of 306.95 points in the preliminary round of the 3-meter dive.
Trials will resume at 10am tomorrow morning, while the finals get under way at 6pm.