Bears Sit in Fourth Place at NEWMAC Championships

Senior Patti Eidenire
Senior Patti Eidenire

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Records fell for Coast Guard on the second day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference(NEWMAC) swimming and diving championship hosted by MIT.

The Bears are currently sitting in fourth place with 259 points while MIT leads with 461 points.

The 200 free relay of senior Patti Eidenire, freshman Kristen Young, freshman Christine McCulla and sophomore Jackie Kokomoor qualified for finals by breaking the school record with a time of 1:37.43 for a fourth place finish. The old school record was 1:37.46 set in 2011. 

In the final of the 400 medley relay the team of freshman Samantha Kenis, freshman Addy Rutkoske, Young and Eidenire finished in fifth place with a school record time of 3:58.01.

In the finals of the 200 free relay the team once again broke the school record with a time of 1:36.84 finishing in fourth place.

McCulla and Young both qualified for finals in the 500 free as McCulla finished in seventh in prelims (5:06.88) and Young was eighth (5:10.07).

McCulla jumped up three spots in the finals finishing in fourth place touching the wall in 5:04.98. Young was ninth in a time of 5:08.24.

In the 200 IM, two more swimmers made finals for the Bears as freshman Samantha Kenis (eighth) swam 2:11.21 and freshman Addy Rutkoske (tenth) swam 2:11.78. Rutkoske jumped to sixth (2:10.21) in the finals and Kenis finished in eleventh (2:11.31).

Eidenire was the top individual qualifier on the day for Coast Guard as she took fourth in the prelim heat of the 50 free touching the wall in 24.32. She matcher her finish in the finals and bettered her time from prelims swimming 24.28.

The Bears return to action at day three of the NEWMAC championship hosted by MIT.