WORCESTER – The WPI women's swimming & diving 800-yard freestyle relay team set a new record and, in the process, junior Jennifer Day (Chelmsford, MA) set an individual record with her split time as the team sits second after the first session of the 2017 NEWMAC Swimming & Diving Championships, being held in the Sports & Recreation Center.
MIT totaled 70 points, followed by the hosts with 60. Springfield College was four points behind in third as U.S. Coast Guard Academy totaled 52 and Wheaton College shored up the top five with 48. Smith and Wellesley led the next grouping with 42 as Clark University ended the night eighth (36). Mount Holyoke College and Babson College share ninth place with 30 points.
The foursome of Day, senior Eva Childers (Henniker, NH), junior Emily Matsco (Windham, NH), and senior Emily Martin (Penfield, NY) handed in an All-NEWMAC second team (runner up) time of 7:40.70. Day only needed 1:54.60 to swim the first 200 yards for the new solo standard. All four were also members of the record-breaking runner up team in 2015.
The B final saw the quartet of freshman Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA), sophomore Jenna Vandervort (Voorheesville, NY), freshman Jillian Clemente (Killingworth, CT) and junior Jamie Freud (Amherst, NH) place second (7:56.80), just .07 ahead of the group from Springfield.
The women will contest the 200-yard freestyle relay, 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard IM, 50-yard freestyle, 400-yard medley relay and the 1-meter dive tomorrow beginning with the trials at 10am. Finals are set to begin at 6pm.
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