Worcester, MA --- Nysa Casha (Andover, MA) is making the most of her final NEWMAC Championship Meet. On Saturday, the senior captain was involved in women's swimming and diving's two best finishes, taking second in the 100-yard butterfly and joining in on the third-place 200-yard medley relay team.
Casha helped keep the Crimson and Gray amongst the top group of competitors, as the meet hosts sit in fourth place out of 10 teams with 474 points after Day 3 of the four-day meet.
MIT (871 points) holds a sizable advantage in first place, but second-place Springfield (559) and Wellesley (498) both remain within striking distance.
Casha met the the NCAA-B standard in the 100 fly, finishing in 57.31. Casha also joined forces with Marissa Patterson (Hampton, NH), Zoe Eggleston (Newtown, CT) and Emily Martin (Penfield, NY) — the latter three are all still just sophomores — to take third in the 200 medley with a time of 1:47.55.
Freshman Jenny Day (Chelmsford, MA) was the other top individual performer, securing 19 points with a versatile fourth-place result in the 400-yard individual medley, touching the wall at 4:38.75.
The WPI women had four swimmers score in the 200-yard freestyle, as Emily Matsco (Windham, NH) and Eva Childers (Henniker, NH) led the way with back-to-back finishes in sixth (1:56.13) and seventh place (1:56.84). Thea Reymann (Seaside Park, NJ) then won the 'B' final with a time of 1:59.37, while Tori Claverie (Derry, NH) was sixth in the 'B' final, finishing in 2:00.76.
The Engineers' final 'A' final competitor of Day 3 was freshman Allysa Grant (Framingham, MA), who turned in a ninth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.47). Casha just missed out on the top heat, but won the 'B' final with a time of 1:07.75. Eggleston was third in the 'B' final (1:08.26).
Casha was WPI's only competitor in the 100 fly 'A' final, but Patterson (1:00.11) and Amanda Konieczny (West Springfield, MA) (1:00.15) finished third and fourth in the 'B' final to pick up 15 points.
The Crimson and Gray had a pair of scorers in the 100-yard backstroke, as Patterson finished second in the 'B' final (1:00.78), while Bushell touched eighth in the same race (1:02.37).
Rounding out the six event on Day 3 was the 200 medley relay. Along with a strong performance in the 'A' final, WPI's 'B' squad finished second in its heat. The foursome of Bushell, Grant, Claverie and Allie Connor (Baldwinsville, NY) joined to finish in 1:51.70 to scrape up another 18 points.
Trials resume at 10am tomorrow morning, while the night session finals will begin at 6pm.