Women’s Swimming & Diving Finishes Sixth at NEWMAC Championship

Women’s Swimming & Diving Finishes Sixth at NEWMAC Championship

WORCESTER – The WPI women's swimming & diving team placed sixth at the 2019 NEWMAC Championship which was held in the Sports & Recreation Center Thursday through Sunday.

MIT claimed its ninth consecutive title with 1,281 points. The Engineering schools were separated by Wheaton (908), Coast Guard (724), Springfield (651) and Wellesley (608). The hosts were close behind with 605 points. Babson (272), Mount Holyoke (253), Clark (242) ands

Sophomore Audrey Berner (San Jose, CA), freshman Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA), junior Carol Wang (Framingham, MA) and junior Jillian Clemente (Killingworth, CT) closed out the weekend with a sixth-place 3:36.32 in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Junior Sofie de Oliveira (Portland, ME), freshman Monika Nowak (Longmeadow, MA), freshman Kimmy Hazeltine (Stratham, NH) and junior Alice Morgan (Cornwall, NY) took fifth in the preceding B final with a time of 3:40.99.

The evening session began with a sixth-place 18:02.73 in the 1,650-yard freestyle by junior Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA). Sophomore Erica Houghton (Berkley, MA) and freshman Sarah DeMaio (Millersville, MD) handed in the 11th and 12th place times of 18:23.91 and 18:26.49 while, earlier in the day, freshman Jenn Brownell (Spring, TX) clocked an 18:35.40, which was good for 14th.

Clemente also had a sixth-place time of 2:11.41 while freshman Rayna Harter (Plainfield, IL) was ninth (2:12.76) in the 200-yard butterfly. Junior Anna Matsco (Windham, NH) claimed the consolation heat and was followed by rookies Sarah MacDonald (Yorktown Heights, NY) and DeMaio.

Freshman Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) and sophomore Shelvey Swett (Olympia, WA) were seventh and eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:30.49 and 2:20.76, respectively. Junior Emma Edwardson (Cary, NC), sophomore Molly Silsby (Augusta, ME) and senior Kelly Martin (Penfield, NY), meanwhile, picked up points in the B final.

Pawlak touched the wall first in the 100-yard freestyle B final while Berner also swam in the heat. Sophomore Julia Noël (Beverly, MA) totaled 339.85 in the 3-meter dive prelims. Junior Sydney Seo (North Andover, MA) led the way in the 200-yard backstroke consolation final and was joined by senior Jenna Vandervort (Voorheesville, NY), Brownell and freshman Rayna Harter (Plainfield, IL)