Swimmers Shatter Eight Program Records on Day Two of NEWMAC Championships

Swimmers Shatter Eight Program Records on Day Two of NEWMAC Championships

Lauren Williams

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Feb. 18, 2012) – Led by sophomore Lauren Williams, the Mount Holyoke College swimming and diving team shattered six school records during the second day of the 2012 NEWMAC Championships today. With 13 events now in the books, the Lyons sit in ninth place with 103 points.

Host MIT continued to impress with six more victories. In the process, they ran their point total to 681 and increased their lead over Springfield College to 137. The remainder of the top five includes Wellesley College (283), the Coast Guard Academy (252.5) and Wheaton College (240.5).

Williams figured in on five program records to set the tone for the Lyons.

Two of those came in the 200-yard medley relay, where she teamed up with first year Maya Lazarovich, sophomore Joselyn Auxer and senior Lydia Bowers to post an eighth place time of 1:54.44. She completed the lead leg of the race in 28.72 to set a new 50-yard backstroke mark.

The sophomore's ninth place time of 1:00.97 in the 100-yard backstroke was good for tops in program history. She had previously broken the record during her preliminary heat of the event earlier in the day.

Williams also set a new record in the 800-yard freestyle relay along with Lazarovich, Bowers and first year Rachel Boynton. The quartet touched the wall in 8:08.83 to secure eighth place.

Bowers added her name to the record books with a 12th place time of 1:59.39 in the 200-yard freestyle. Like Williams, she had previously set the record with her performance in the preliminaries.

Meanwhile, Lazarovich established a new 50-yard breaststroke record with her first split time of 32.26 in the preliminaries of the 100-yard breaststroke. She went on to take 10th place in the event with her time of 1:09.55 in the finals.

The Championship will conclude with seven more events tomorrow. 

Team Standings (Through Day 2)

1. MIT – 681
2. Springfield College – 544
3. Wellesley College – 283
4. Coast Guard Academy – 252.5
5. Wheaton College – 240.5
6. Clark University – 164
7. Babson College – 128
8. WPI – 112
9. Mount Holyoke College – 103
10. Smith College – 95