Cambridge, MA --- Sophomore Jenny Day (Chelmsford, MA) turned in a pair of impressive record-setting performances, including the first individual title in WPI women's swimming and diving history, as the Engineers concluded the 2016 NEWMAC Championships in sixth place Sunday. Host MIT took the team crown with 1,259.5 points while the Crimson and Gray totaled 574.5 and were just 14 away from fifth.
Day began the evening by achieving a B cut and setting her own school records in the 1,650-yard freestyle with an overall time of 17:23.42 and a 10:28.95 at the 1,000-yard checkpoint. She went on to win the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 2:08.44 to capture the first NEWMAC title in program history. Her 2:05.97 was the best time in the morning as well as a B cut and her first record-breaking performance of the day.
Sophomore Emily Matsco (Windham, NH) and freshman Jenna Vandervort (Voorheesville, NY) also cracked the top 20 of the 1,650 with the 10th and 18th-place times of 18:18.44 and 18:39.40. Following Day in the 200 fly were junior Emily Martin (Penfield, NY) in fourth (2:11.34), sophomore Kaitlin Travers (Northampton, MA) in ninth (2:15.51) and Amanda Konieczny (West Springfield, MA) in 14th (2:7.13). Sophomore Allie Connor (Baldwinsville, NY) and freshman Kelly Martin (Penfield, NY) served as alternates in the shorter race.
In her final set of dives at the conference meet, senior Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece) placed fifth on the 1-meter board with a score of 453.50.
The 400-yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Thea Reymann (Toms River, NJ), sophomore Jamie Freud (Amherst, NH), Matsco and Konieczny placed sixth (3:37.74) in the A final while the lineup of junior Tori Claverie (Derry, NH), sophomore Allysa Grant (Framingham, MA), junior Heather Stratica (Wappingers Falls, NY) and junior Eva Childers (Henniker, NH) finished 14th overall (3:42.10).
Junior Marissa Patterson (Hampton, NH) was 12th (2:12.30) in the 200 back as Vandervort was 15th (2:13.66) and junior Julia Bushell (Windham, NH) was 16th (2:14.29). The 100 free saw Reymann touch the wall 13th (54.01) and was followed by Emily Martin in 16th (54.14). Childers was the first alternate after the morning swim. Junior Zoe Eggleston (Newtown, CT) led the Engineers in the 200 breast with a 14th-place time of 2:31.20. Grant was 15th (2:32.58) as Stephanie Marcucci (Dingmans Ferry, PA) was 17th (2:33.05) and freshman Caroline Flynn (Norwell. MA) tied for 18th (2:33.45).
The Engineers turn their attention to the NCAA Diving Regional next weekend when Nikolaki will compete in the two-day event at Wellesley.