WORCESTER, Mass.- Junior Darlene Sao claimed a third place finish in the 100 freestyle to help the Coast Guard women's swimming and diving team claim a seventh place finish on the final day of the 2014 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by WPI.
Sao swam the event in 52.88 seconds taking home the highest finish on the day for any Coast Guard swimmer. Junior Sara Cantrell was fifth in the 3-meter diving – the highest diving finish for any Coast Guard athlete – with a finals score of 451.35 points.
MIT claimed the team championship with 1,405 points. They were followed, in order, by Springfield (1,209.5), Wellesley (879), WPI (567.5), and Wheaton (521) to round out the top five. Mount Holyoke (468) was next, followed by Coast Guard with 453 points, and Clark (398). Smith (347) and Babson (254) rounded out the ten team field.
The 400 freestyle relay team of senior Chantel Ferguson, Sao, junior Kelsey Gray, and sophomore Patti Eidenire placed sixth in the only relay event of the day with a time of 3:36.86. Ferguson also took home a seventh place finish in the 200 butterfly, finishing in 2:13.22. Freshman Carlie Gilligan completed the list of top-ten finishers for Coast Guard with a 10th place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:31.57.
Coast Guard returns to action on Friday, February 28th when they take part in the NCAA Division III Diving Regional – a two-day event – hosted by RPI before competing at the NCAA National Championships, hosted by IUPUI.