Casha Makes History for Women's Swimming and Diving at City Championships

Nysa Casha

Worcester, MA – WPI women's swimming and diving competed in the two-day Worcester City Championships this weekend. The team garnered 713.5 points to finish third, nearly 100 ahead of fourth place Clark and just 87 behind of Division I Holy Cross for second. Assumption College won their first city title with 1154 points.

Nysa Casha (Andover, MA) was the top performer for the Engineers, becoming the first WPI woman to become City Champion in an individual swimming event. Casha won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.82) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.36), setting a new meet record in the latter. The sophomore also contributed a fourth place showing in the 50-yard freestyle (25.87).

Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece) added a victory of her own in 1-meter diving, posting a score of 436.80. The freshman was also runner-up in the 3-meter event (352.50). Sophomore Sam Sargalski (Windsor, CT) dove to fifth place on 1-meter (281.70) and fourth on the 3-meter board (269.10).

To start the meet, Sonja Kent (West Boylston, MA), Casha, Jess Lopez (Palmer, MA), and Taylor Briseno (Mansfield, MA) took home third in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 8:22.47. Casha and Kent teamed up with Kelin Song (Providence, RI) and Amanda Konieczny (West Springfield, MA) to touch the wall third in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:44.77). In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Casha, Briseno, Kent, and Konieczny combined for third place (3:51.34).

Kent swam well in the 400-yard individual medley, hitting the wall in 4:52.82. Classmate Song placed eighth in the event (5:18.99). Kent also captured eighth in the 200-yard backstroke (2:27.16) and ninth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:27.45), while Briseno grabbed fifth in the event in 2:22.31. Junior Briseno also took on the distance events, finishing seventh in the 500-yard freestyle (5:38.09) and tenth in the 1650-yard freestyle (20:05.63).

Konieczny recorded a fifth place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (56.67), along with sixth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.67) and 100-yard butterfly (1:03.62). Lopez tallied ninth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:26.33) and tenth in both the 100-yard (58.70) and 200-yard (2:08.57) freestyles.

Allison Indyk (LaGrange, NY) picked up sixth place finishes in the breaststroke events, with a time of 2:40.87 in the 200-yard breaststroke and 1:13.48 in the 100-yard breaststroke. She added a 27.98 in the 50-yard freestyle, good for tenth place.

Indyk teamed up with Heather Peruffo (Poughkeepsie, NY), Briseno, and Konieczny to take third in the 200-yard medley relay (1:59.09). Individually, Peruffo grabbed seventh place in the 100-yard backstroke (1:07.04). In the 400-yard medley relay, Peruffo, Casha, Kent, and Konieczny placed seventh (4:21.38).

Other top finishers for the Crimson and Gray were Kelsey Wall (Marshfield, MA), taking ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:18.50) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:46.61), and Kayla DeSanty (Holden, MA) with tenth in the 200-yard backstroke (2:30.51).

Women's swimming and diving is back in the pool Thursday night as they host UMASS Dartmouth at 6:30 pm,