Coast Guard Fourth at NEWMAC Championships

Samantha Kenis
Samantha Kenis

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman Samantha Kenis broke the women's 200 backstroke record twice on the final day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) swimming and diving championship hosted by MIT.

The Bears were fourth with 608 while MIT was the champion with 1259.5.

Kenis was fourth in the prelims swimming 2:08.63, breaking Kim Shadwick's record of 2:11.69 set in 2011.She broke her own record in the finals finishing fourth again in 2:07.96.

Senior Haley McWilliams was eighth in the 1650 free finals touching the wall in 18:01.92 while freshman Christine McCulla was ninth (53.62) in the 100 free.

In the 200 breaststroke, Coast Guard had two top ten finishes as freshman Addy Rutkoske was eighth (2:27.63) and junior Kaitlyn Toth was tenth (2:32.12).

The Bears finished off the meet with a fifth place finish in 400 free relay as freshman Kristen Young, senior Patti Eidenire, Rutkoske and McCulla combined for a 3:32.79.

The Bears will wait to see if they have any qualifiers for the upcoming NCAA Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina from March 16-19.