Pair of Women’s Records Fall on First Jam-packed Day of NEWMAC Swimming & Diving Championships

Jennifer Day

WORCESTER – Junior Jennifer Day (Chelmsford, MA) broke another school record as the 400-yard medley relay team also set a new standard on the first full day of the 2017 NEWMAC Swimming & Diving Championships being hosted in the Sports & Recreation Center for the third time in four years.

MIT finished with 564 to lead Springfield College (296), WPI (272), Wheaton College (246), Wellesley College (223), U.S. Coast Guard Academy (190), Smith College (160), Clark University (143), Mount Holyoke College (114) and Babson College (88).

Day reset her own 500-yard freestyle mark which was set at last year's title tilt. She bettered the mark from 5:04.19 to 5:02.50 to place fourth in the championship final. At the end of the night, senior Marissa Patterson (Hampton, NH), senior Zoe Eggleston (Newtown, CT), freshman Carol Wang (Framingham, MA) and senior Emily Martin (Penfield, NY) handed in a 3:57.48 to improve the 400-yard medley relay record of 3:59.43 set at the championship meet one year ago. Patterson, freshman Emma Edwardson (Cary, NC), Wang and junior Jamie Freud (Amherst, NH) took part in the morning session for the Engineers.

The 400 MR B squad of freshman Sydney Seo (North Andover, MA), junior Allysa Grant (Framingham, MA), freshman Sofia de Oliveira (Portland, ME) and senior Tori Claverie (Derry, NH) placed third (4:03.98) after Seo, Grant, senior Eva Childers (Henniker, NH) and Claverie participated in the morning swim. Senior Julia Bushell (Windham, NH), de Oliveira, Childers and freshman Alice Morgan (Cornwall, NY) posted a 1:40.52 in the morning as Day, de Oliveira, Childers and Morgan posted a fourth-place 1:38.65 in the evening session. The B team of Wang, Freud, Eggleston and Claverie took part in both sessions and cut .63 off their initial time to place 13th overall in a time of 1:40.68.

Martin led the way in the 50-yard freestyle with a fifth-place 24.33. Her 24.30 in the morning was a mere .07 off her own record. The B final saw de Oliveira take top billing with a 24.98. Morgan was 15th as Eggleston was 16th and Childers was 19th. Claverie missed an alternate spot by .03 seconds.

Freshman Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA) followed Day in the 500 free and posted a ninth-place 5:11.76 while junior Emily Matsco (Windham, NH) and sophomore Jenna Vandervort (Voorheesville, NY) were 17th and 18th in the consolation final.

Junior Kristen Bender (Simi Valley, CA) was the only WPI diver to make the finals as she accumulated 405.70 to take 10th.

The freshman duo of Olivia Hanson (Anchorage, AK) and Wang were the 200-yard IM alternates and were separated by .01 seconds (2:15.84-2:15.85).

Saturday features the 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard medley relay and the 1-meter dive. Trials begin at 10am and finals at 6pm.

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