Worcester, Mass. – The 2017 New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) swimming and diving championships kick off in earnest on Thursday at WPI's Sports & Recreation Center Pool.
How It's Going Down
The four-day, seven session event will crown individual champions in 20 events and an overall team champion.
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Tickets for the sessions are available at different price intervals. The adult all sessions pass is $25, while an all day pass for adults is $10. Senior citizens can get an all session pass for $15 and an all day pass for $5. Students with an institutional ID are admitted for $1, while kids under 12 are free.
At the 2016 event, the Cougars had several individuals put their name on the event top ten lists. Included in that group were Bill Holloman (Avon, Conn.) in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard medley relay squad of Dylan Schrama (Taunton, Mass.), Holloman, Julian Ortega (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Lukas Leung, who blazed their way to the third fastest time in school history.
Steven Castiglione (North Haven, Conn.) set a pair records during the season for the Scarlet and White, giving him three of the four diving records at Clark. He posted a score of 270.15 on the 1-meter (six dives) and then 269.63 (six dives) on the 3-meter to go along with his 1-meter (eleven dives) mark.
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While they weren't school records, both Schrama and Marco Moneti (Bloomington, Minn.) each found their way onto top ten lists. Schrama turned in the second fastest time in the 100-yard individual medley (57.75), just off the pace of Roy Barnum (Class of 2004). Moneti, meanwhile, posted the ninth best score on the three-meter (six dives) and the tenth best performance on the 1-meter (six dives).
Keep An Eye On
As is the case on the women's side, MIT has had a stranglehold on the conference championship crown. The Engineer men have won the last eight titles in a row and boast reigning league diver of the year in Elliot Forde. Host WPI will have the home pool advantage as well as the Bauer brothers. Andrew (senior) was named NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year in 2016 and Jack (sophomore) was named 2016 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year.