Women's Swim & Dive Notches Eight NCAA 'B' Cuts on Day Two of Winter Invite

Women's Swim & Dive Notches Eight NCAA 'B' Cuts on Day Two of Winter Invite

THE BASICS:

- Event: 2018 MIT Winter Invitational

- Results: 1st of 8 (1074 points) - After Day Two

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

- The Lead: The No. 8 MIT women's swimming and diving team clocked eight NCAA 'B' cut times and won six of nine events contested tonight as the Engineers moved into first place at the 2018 Winter Invitational tonight in Cambridge.

With 1074 points, MIT leads the field of eight teams at this year's Winter Invitational. Behind the Engineers are Tufts University (1044.5 points), RPI (365), Wheaton (358), Wellesley (265.5), Simmons (251), Keene State (117) and Bowdoin (60).

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT closed the meet in style as Laura Rosado (New Haven, Conn.), Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.), Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Lara Ketonen (Helsinki, Finland) won the 400-medley relay with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 3:50.05. They were followed by Jennifer Yu (Pearland, Texas), Sydney Vleck (Scarsdale, N.Y.), Olivia McGrath (Chevy Chase, Md.) and Shannon Hagmaier (Longwood, Fla.), who finished third in 3:56.90 as well as Katharine Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Danielle Fang (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), Chelsea Zhang (Sherborn, Mass.) and Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.), who finished fourth in 3:58.97.

- Individually, Mahaffey won the 200-fly tonight with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 2:04.96. She also clocked a qualifying time of 2:04.57 during prelims this morning. Nicholas was the runner-up in the 100-breast with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:04.65 which followed her swim of 1:04.20 this morning. Finally, two Engineers earned NCAA 'B' cut times in the 100-back as Rosado finished first in 56.80 seconds after swimming 56.88 this morning and Yu finished third with a time of 57.31 seconds after swimming 56.70 this morning.

- Hagmaier was the only other swimmer for MIT to win an individual event as registered a time of 23.90 in the 50-free, which was 0.44-seconds faster than her swim this morning. MIT swept the top-four spots in the 50-free as Hagmaier was followed by Ketonen (23.94), Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) (24.04) and Lindsey Bjornstad (Mequon, Wis.) (24.52).

- Ketonen, McGrath, Burns and Staszel opened tonight's session with a win the 200-free relay as the quartet clocked a time of 1:36.04. They nearly earned an NCAA 'B' cut during prelims but were 0.03-seconds short. The team of Hagmaier, Yu, Rosado and Bjornstad took second place in 1:36.57 tonight.

- Pan and Ashley Pearson (Stafford, Va.) round out the swimming highlights tonight as they were the top-finishing Engineers in their respective events. Pan was the runner-up in the 400-IM in 4:31.18, while Pearson took third in the 200-free in 1:55.49.

- In the diving well, MIT swept the top-four positions on the 3-meter board. Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) paced the Engineers with a score of 326.75 and was followed by Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) in second with 299.45 points, Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) in third with 272.30 points and Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) in fourth with 253.70 points.

UP NEXT:

- The Engineers return to the pool tomorrow morning for the final day of the 2018 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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