Golden Bears in 12th After Day Two of NEISDA Championships

Golden Bears in 12th After Day Two of NEISDA Championships
Saturday Prelims Results
Saturday Finals Results

KINGSTON, R.I. (February 13, 2016) -
The Western New England University women's swimming team returned to action today with day two of the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, hosted by the University of Rhode Island at the Tootell Aquatic Center.
 
The Golden Bears, who sat in 12th place in the 21-team field with 106 points after Friday's action, remain in 12th place with 235.5 points heading into the final day tomorrow. Roger Williams is leading the way with 1000 points, while Keene State (918) and Simmons are in second and third, respectively.
 
Sophomore Erika Sheinhait (Framingham, Mass.) led the way for Western New England, breaking a program record for the second straight day with her fifth-place finish in the 50-yard butterfly prelims, earning a time of 27.20 seconds. Sheinhait then topped that performance with a fifth-place effort in the finals, clocking in at 27.09 seconds to earn All-New England honors.
 
Sophomore Janelle Lief (San Jose, Calif.) and freshman Megan Empie (Delmar, N.Y.) joined Sheinhait in the 50-yard butterfly prelims, placing 18th (29.85 seconds) and 23rd (30.22 seconds), respectively.
 
Sophomore Ali Johnstone (Southwick, Mass.) tied for 23rd in the 100-yard breaststroke with a season-best time of 1:16.93, while classmate Jacquelyn Peterson (Beverly, Mass.) and freshman Sophie Hryzan (Lakeville, Mass.) each posted 21st place finishes in the 1000-yard freestyle (11:47.34) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:07.86), respectively.
 
Peterson also competed in the 400-yard individual medley along with senior Allison Ryan (Hyde Park, N.Y.). Peterson placed 17th in 5:16.18, dropping 38 seconds off of her season best time, while Ryan was right behind in 18th with a time of 5:18.25, four seconds better than her previous personal best. 
 
Peterson, Hryzan, Ryan and Sheinhait teamed up for a strong performance in the 800-yard freestyle relay, earning 44 points for the Golden Bears with an eighth-place finish out of 18 teams in 8:35.43.
 
Western New England's 200-yard medley relay of Hryzan, Johnstone, Lief and Empie placed 13th of 16 teams in the prelims, posting a time of 2:03.84, before moving up to 12th in the finals, earning their fastest time of the season (2:03.36).
 
The Golden Bears will be right back in action tomorrow with the third and final day of the NEISDA Championships.