WORCESTER – The WPI women's swimming & diving team, aided by a new 400-yard freestyle relay record, placed second for the first time in program history at the 2017 NEWMAC Championships. The Engineers also set the program record with 769.5 points at the annual event.
MIT won its seventh-consecutive title with 1,422 points. WPI was 3.5 points ahead of Wheaton College (766) as Springfield College (742) finished fourth and Wellesley College (529) wound up fifth. U.S. Coast Guard Academy (483) placed sixth while Smith College (359.5) was seventh, Clark University (316) was eighth, Mount Holyoke College (235) was ninth and Babson College (169) was 10th.
Senior Emily Martin (Penfield, NY), senior Eva Childers (Henniker, NH), freshman Carol Wang (Framingham, MA) and junior Jennifer Day (Chelmsford, MA) teamed up to deliver a fourth-place 3:34.56 in the final race of the four-day competition. Freshman Sofia de Oliveira (Portland, ME), freshman Alice Morgan (Cornwall, NY), junior Jamie Freud (Amherst, NH) and senior Tori Claverie (Derry, NH) comprised the 400 free relay B final runner up team with a time of 3:38.35. Childers also placed 13th in the 100-yard freestyle (54.22).
Junior Jennifer Day (Chelmsford, MA) earned bronze in the 200-yard butterfly as freshman Jillian Clemente (Killingworth, CT) was ninth (2:14.90) and junior Kaitlin Travers (Northampton, MA) was 14th (2:15.62).
In the longest race of the competition, freshman Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA) led the way with a fifth-place 17:45.72 in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Sophomore Jenna Vandervort (Voorheesville, NY) took ninth (18:16.12) as Freud was 15th (18:35.03) and junior Emily Matsco (Windham, NH) was 16th (18:47.69).
Senior Marissa Patterson (Hampton, NH) concluded her successful weekend with a sixth-place 2:09.59 in the 200-yard backstroke. Eggleston and Martin added eighth-place times in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:29.27) and 100-yard freestyle (53.47)
Freshman Sydney Seo (North Andover, MA) won the 200 back consolation final (2:09.48) and freshman Olivia Hanson (Anchorage, AK) was 15th overall (2:12.05) for the Engineers. The 200 breast also saw Travers (13th – 2:32.04), junior Allysa Grant (Framingham, MA) (14th – 2:32.25), freshman Emma Edwardson (Cary, NC) (15th – 2:32.31) and sophomore Stephanie Marcucci (Dingmans Ferry, PA) (17th – 2:33.08) make the B final.
The 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships will be conducted March 15-18 at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas. Prior to that, qualified divers will head to MIT Friday and Saturday for the NCAA Division III Diving Regional while swimmers await the first round of invites set to be revealed 5pm Wednesday on NCAA.com. The final list is slated for 8pm on Monday, February 27, also on NCAA.com.
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