Women’s Swimming and Diving Places Seventh at NEWMAC Championships

Sarah Dinwoodie

South Hadley, MA --- Sophomore Sarah Dinwoodie (East Greenwich, RI) continued her string of record-breaking performances on Sunday as the women's swimming and diving team participated in day three of the NEWMAC Championships.

As a team, the Engineers placed seventh with 202 points equaling the team's best performance in recent years.  In all, six WPI records were set over the weekend, three individual and three relays. MIT won the 2011 championship to deny Springfield its 11th straight title.

Dinwoodie's 2:08.29 in the 200-yard backstroke preliminaries broke the school record and put the swimmer third in the A finals where she finished fourth (2:09.70). 

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Alana Aubin (Taunton, MA), Jess Lopez (Palmer, MA), Heather Peruffo (Poughkeepsie, NY) and Dinwoodie combined to touch the pad seventh in  3:43.47 and set a new school record. The previous time was 3:44.81.  The Engineers also got a boost from its B relay, which earned valuable 15th place points.  The foursome of Sonja Kent (West Boylston, MA), Kelin Song (Providence, RI), Taylor Briseno (Mansfield, MA) and Alexandra Sanz-Guerrero (Ann Arbor, MI) turned in a time of 3:46.36.

In the three-meter dive, Marissa Goerke (San Diego, CA) scored 336.10 for 10th place, while Hannah McCallum (Lafayette, CO) was 14th with 318.90 points.

Kent placed 11th in the 1,650-yard freestyle as she raced to an 18:25.89. Finishing 15th in the 200-yard butterfly was Briseno who posted a time of 2:19.49.

Also leading the Crimson and Gray on Sunday were Aubin with an 18th (55.94) in the 100-yard freestyle and Amanda Blom (Wilkes-Barre, PA) who recorded a 2:43.87 for 32nd in the 200-yard breaststroke.

The meet concludes the 2010-11 campaign for the women's swimming and diving squad.

Complete NEWMAC Championship Results