Konieczny and Nikolaki Key Women's Swimming and Diving's Triumph Over Babson

Veronica Nikolaki

Babson Park, MA --- WPI women's swimming and diving defeated Babson in its first away meet of the 2012-2013 season. The squad saw five individuals combine to tally 10 events as the Engineers registered 155-126 victory over the host Beavers.

Freshman Amanda Konieczny (West Springfield, MA) led the Engineers in scoring by winning three individual events. She swam to a first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a 2:04.67. She also prevailed in the 100-yard freestyle (58.02) and 100-yard butterfly (1:04.05). Konieczny anchored the winning 400-yard medley relay (4:21.35) to get the ball rolling at the start of the meet.

Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece) remains undefeated in diving for the Crimson and Gray. This time, however, she raised the bar by achieving an NCAA qualifying score of 255.15 in 1-meter diving. She was also victorious in the 3-meter event with a season-best 251.70 points.

Two other members of the winning 400-yard medley relay saw triumphant individual performances as well. Sophomore rookie Allison Indyk (LaGrange, NY) won the breaststroke at both distances, taking the 100-yard in 1:14.34 and the 200-yard in 2:42.68. Junior Sonja Kent (West Boylston, MA) topped the field in the 500-yard freestyle with a 5:27.88 and touched first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:21.24). She also earned second in the 200-yard butterfly (2:23.52). Backstroker Heather Peruffo (Poughkeepsie, NY) placed second in the 100-yard (1:06.08) and 200-yard (2:23.65) backstrokes.

Senior Jess Lopez (Palmer, MA) finished out the freestyle events with a win in the 1000-yard freestyle (11:47.14) and second place in the 50-yard freestyle (27.10). She placed third in the 200-yard backstroke (2:24.70) and was joined by junior Taylor Briseno (Mansfield, MA), freshman Kate Piotrowicz (Berlin, CT), and freshman Kelin Song (Providence, RI) to touch second in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:49.26).

Briseno finished third in the 100-yard (1:07.87) and 200-yard (2:37.05) butterfly events, while her classmate Song took the same position in the 1000-yard freestyle (12:31.85). Fellow junior Kelsey Wall (Marshfield, MA) earned third in both breaststrokes, with a 1:20.77 in the 100-yard swim and a 2:50.04 in the 200-yard race. Piotrowicz swam the 50-yard freestyle in 27.27 while sophomore Aimee St. Germain (Manchester, NH) completed the 500-yard freestyle in 6:00.04, both taking third place.

The Engineers, now 3-0, take on Coast Guard and host Providence next Friday at 6pm.