Middletown, CT --- Senior Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece) swept the diving events as WPI fell to Wesleyan and Tufts at the Cardinal Duals Friday night. The hosts notched a 166-149 victory while the Jumbos margin was 184-123.
Nikolaki amassed 257.05 points in the 1-meter and accumulated 226.35 on the 3-meter board. Sophomore Kristen Bender (Simi Valley, CA) was fourth (199.60) on the 1-meter and classmate Hayley Poskus (Middleboro, MA) was third (200.70) on the 3-meter. Junior Zoe Eggleston (Newtown, CT) and sophomore Jenny Day (Chelmsford, MA) took home first place points in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:34.43) and 200-yard butterfly (2:16.43), respectively.
Day was second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:20.36) and 400-yard IM (4:51.11) as freshman Caroline Flynn (Norwell, MA) was fifth in the 400 IM (5:02.93). Eggleston added a second-place time in the 50-yard breaststroke (32.06) to go with a third-place time in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.88) as sophomore Allysa Grant (Framingham, MA) came home fifth in both the 50 (1:12.10) and 100 (33.24).
Junior Emily Martin (Penfield, NY) earned silver in the 50-yard freestyle (25.81), finished sixth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:03.32) and was seventh in the 100-yard freestyle (56.92). Sophomore Emily Matsco (Windham, NH) touched the wall third in the 200-yard freestyle (2:02.56) as fellow sophomore Allie Connor (Baldwinsville, NY) was fifth in the 50-yard butterfly (27.82) and junior Sierra Fowler (Bensalem, PA) was sixth in the 50-yard backstroke (30.18). Freshman Jenna Vandervort (Voorheesville, NY) had the quickest Engineer time in the 200-yard backstroke with an 11th-place 2:22.86.
WPI treks to California for its annual training trip and will face Pomona-Pitzer on Tuesday, January 5.