Allen and Chen Break Records on Night Two of MIT Winter Invitational

Allen and Chen Break Records on Night Two of MIT Winter Invitational

THE BASICS:

Event: 2017 MIT Winter Invitational

Results: 1st of 7 (745.5 points)

Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool)

The Lead: Led by record breaking performances in the 200-fly by freshman Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) and in the 100-breast by Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.), the No. 8 MIT women's swimming and diving team took control of first place at this year's MIT Winter Invitational. On top of the two new records, the women's program swam a total of 12 NCAA "B" cut times between prelims and finals today.

The Engineers lead the pack of seven programs with 745.5 points and are followed by No. 5 NYU (741.5), Tufts University (600), RPI (457), Wheaton College (394), Wellesley College (213) and Keene State College (159).

HOW IT HAPPENED:


- Allen began the day by breaking the program and NEWMAC record in the 200-fly during prelims this morning. She won the event in a time of 2:01.31, which was nearly one second faster than the old mark set by Anna Kokensparger in 2013 (2:02.27) and then came back during finals and clocked a time of 2:00.66 to better her time by 0.65-seconds, which would have been good enough for second place at the NCAA Championship a year ago. Additionally, Allen's time was fast enough for an NCAA "B" cut.

- Chen, who was the previous program record holder in the 100-breast - a mark that she set a year ago at the Winter Invite – tied her record this morning during prelims (1:03.68) and returned to the pool to shave 0.51-seconds off her time to win the event in 1:03.17. Additionally, Chen's time was fast enough for an NCAA "B" cut.

- Allen was joined by sophomore Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) and freshman Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) in the 200-fly as the trio swept the top three spots in the event and all earned NCAA "B" cut times. Holman, who finished second, swam a time of 2:04.92 in prelims and bettered it during finals with a mark of 2:03.39, while Mahaffey followed suit with a prelim time of 2:05.12 and a finals time of 2:04.18.

- Holman and Chen began their days by swimming an NCAA "B" cut time with the 200-free relay team. The sophomore teamed up with classmates Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) and Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio), who all registered a time of 1:34.45 during prelims and shave 0.15-seconds off their time during finals for a mark of 1:34.30.

- Then in the final swimming event of the night, Holman, Chen, Mahaffey and Staszel won the 400-medley relay with an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:48.47.

- Sophomore Kathy Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) won the 400-IM with a season best time of 4:32.55, while the Engineers took three of the top-four spots in the 50-free with great swims by P. Wu, who finished first in 23.99, Staszel, who took second in 24.15 and sophomore Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.), who finished fourth in 24.44. Freshman Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.) had a great swim of her own in the 100-breast as she clocked a time of 1:05.03 for second place in the event.

- In the diving well, sophomore Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) completed the two-board sweep with a first place score of 318.15 on the 3-meter board. Zhou and freshman Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) took the top two-spots as Wen cracked 300 points with a score of 304.85. Wen was followed by Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.), who finished sixth with 248.95 points, classmate Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.), who finished seventh with 245.30 points and freshman Bethany Moore (Eden Prairie, Minn.), who finished 11th with 211.70 points.

UP NEXT:

- The Engineers return to the pool tomorrow morning for the final day of the 2017 MIT Winter Invitational. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. and finals will start at 6:00 p.m. Events scheduled for tomorrow include the 200-medley relay, 500-free, 200-back, 100-fly, 200-breast, 100-free, 200-IM and the 400-free relay.

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