Cambridge, MA --- Sophomore Jenny Day (Chelmsford, MA) set the WPI women's swimming & diving 500-yard freestyle relay record and placed third to highlight day two of the NEWMAC Championships Friday at MIT. The Engineers sit in sixth with 194 points while the hosts lead with 461.
Day has now set all of the distance freestyle records that are contested on a regular basis (500, 1,000 and 1,650) in 2015-16 as she turned in a 5:04.19 which was much better than her morning swim of 5:10.27. The B final saw sophomore Emily Matsco (Windham, NH) clock a 14th-place time of 5:15.14 and junior Eva Childers (Henniker, NH) post a 20th-place (5:24.20).
Senior Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece) added a sixth place score of 453.65 in the 3-meter dive. Junior Marissa Patterson (Hampton, NH), junior Zoe Eggleston (Newtown, CT), junior Emily Martin (Penfield, NY), Day finished the 400 medley relay sixth (3:59.43) as the foursome of junior Julia Bushell (Windham, NH), freshman Stephanie Marcucci (Dingmans Ferry, PA), sophomore Allie Connor (Baldwinsville, NY) and Matsco placed 16th in a time of 4:07.38. The morning session saw the B lineup of Bushell, sophomore Allysa Grant (Framingham, MA), Connor and Childers turn in a 4:10.56.
The 200 free relay finals featured different lineups than the AM session. Martin, sophomore Thea Reymann (Toms River, NJ), Childers and Day clocked a 1:39.83 before yielding to the team of Childers, Day, senior Amanda Konieczny (West Springfield, MA) and Martin who shaved off half a second. Reymann, Bushell, sophomore Jamie Freud (Amherst, NH) and junior Tori Claverie (Derry, NH) handed in a 1:40.79 in the primetime session as compared to the Claverie, Bushell, Freud and Konieczny configuration earlier in the day (1:41.59). Both A quartets would finish seventh while their B counterparts placed 15th.
Claverie was also the fastest member of the Crimson and Gray with a 24th-place 25.48 in the 50 free prelims while freshman Kelly Martin (Penfield, NY) represented the Engineers in the 200 IM and placed 19th (2:17.59) and Bushell was the first alternate in a time of 2:17.31.
Day three will feature the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 200 medley relay, as well as the men's 3-meter dive. Swimming trials get underway at 10am and finals are set for 6:30pm.