WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (January 29, 2016) - Sophomore Erika Sheinhait (Framingham, Mass.) won three individual events, leading Western New England University to a 150-128 victory at the University of Saint Joseph this evening in its 2015-16 dual meet finale at the Bruyette Natatorium.
The Golden Bears claimed nine of the fifteen individual events and both of the relays en route to their fourth triumph of the season. Sheinhait led the way, finishing first in the 50-yard freestyle (27.23 seconds), the 100-yard freestyle (1:00.07), and the 100-yard individual medley (1:08.39).
Senior Allison Ryan (Hyde Park, N.Y.), sophomore Jacquelyn Peterson (Beverly, Mass.) and freshman Megan Empie (Delmar, N.Y.) were also key contributors, posting a pair of wins each. Peterson captured the 1000-yard freestyle (12:24.81) and the 500-yard freestyle (6:01.86), while Empie turned in winning efforts in the 200-yard butterfly (2:44.58) and the 50-yard butterfly (30.29 seconds). Ryan was victorious in the 200-yard freestyle (2:14.81) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:51.40).
In addition to its success in individual events, Western New England also won both relays. Empie, Ryan, freshman Sophie Hryzan (Lakeville, Mass.) and sophomore Ali Johnstone (Southwick, Mass.) turned in a first-place performance in the 200-yard medley relay (2:07.44), while Empie, Ryan, Peterson and Sheinhait teamed up for a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:53.10).
Western New England (4-5) wraps up its 2015-16 campaign at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships the weekend of February 12-14 at the University of Rhode Island.