Nikolaki and Casha Make NEWMAC History for Women's Swimming and Diving

Veronica Nikolaki

Cambridge, MA --- Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece) and Nysa Casha (Andover, MA) became the first members of the WPI women's swimming and diving team to earn All-NEWMAC accolades as each finished second in their respective events on final day of the NEWMAC Championships held at MIT on Sunday.  As a team, WPI finished the 10-team meet with 212 points and placed eighth, a single point out of seventh place. 

Nikolaki tallied 469.80 points on the 1-meter diving board while Casha posted another school record the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:25.34.  The duo picked up the Engineers' first All-NEWMAC nods in the 15-year history of the conference.  

Junior Sonja Kent (West Boylston, MA) placed fifth in the longest event, clocking a 18:00.91 in the 1650-yard freestyle. 

Amanda Konieczny (West Springfield, MA) won the consolation finals and finished ninth in the 200-yard butterfly with a time 2:16.41 while teammate Taylor Briseno (Mansfield, MA) was 15th overall in the event with a 2:17.12.  Konieczny was also 22nd in the 100-yard freestyle. 

WPI was well represented in the 200-yard backstroke with Jess Lopez (Palmer, MA) touching the wall in 16th place (2:16.46) and Heather Peruffo (Poughkeepsie, NY) coming in 18th in the morning swim (2:19.72). Allison Indyk (LaGrange, NY) was an alternate in the 200-yard breaststroke with a 17th place time in the morning (2:33.46). 

The 400-yard freestyle relay closed out the meet with a seventh place finish.  The foursome of Casha, Lopez, Kelin Song (Providence, RI) and Konieczny registered a school record time of 3:42.72. 

Nikolaki will turn her attention to the NCAA Diving Regionals the weekend of Friday, March 1st and Saturday, March 2nd while other select swimmers will participate in the ECAC that same weekend at Harvard. 

Sunday's Finals Results