DaCorte Breaks School Records as Women's Swimming & Diving Competes at MIT Invitational

DaCorte Breaks School Records as Women's Swimming & Diving Competes at MIT Invitational

LOCATION: Cambridge, Mass. (MIT Z-Center)


  • The Wheaton College women's swimming & diving team took to the pool Friday through Sunday for the MIT Winter Invitational with the Lyons finishing in fourth place out of eight teams with a final score of 520. 

Day One: 

  • The first day consisted of the 800 free relay, the 1650 free and the women's 1-meter dive.
  • Wheaton finished 11th in the 800 free relay with Delia MacLaughlinMaggie LawlerKayleigh Foley, and Caitlin Daley finishing in 8:03.80. 
  • Lydia DaCorte opened her invite with a strong showing in the 1650 free, which saw her finish in second place with a time of 17:18.98. Caroline Genther joined DaCorte in the top-10, finishing in 18:12.27.  
  • Anisa Williams-Ranciato competed in her first 1-meter dive of the season finishing with a score of 111.20. 

Day Two: 

  • The Lyons opened day two with a Lawler, Kathryn Cole, MacLaughlin, and Dacorte finishing sixth in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:39.50. Wheaton's 'B' team also finished in the top-10 taking eighth place (Daley, Chloe DeubnerEva Pet, and Kate Dransfield) with a time of 1:40.23. 
  • Karen Iizuka eanred the Lyons points in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:17.36 which earned her 18th place. 
  • Katherine Vitello earned her own top-20 finish, finishing in 18th place in the 200 freestyle (1:59.68). Daley finished right behind her with a time of 1:59.98. 
  • Elizabeth Bernardy finished in seventh place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.93. Finishing just four-hundredths of a second behind was Erin Kean, while MacLaughlin took 13th with a time of 1:09.57. 
  • The 100 backstroke saw a ninth-place finish from Pet who touched in 59.75, while Deubner took 11th with a time of 1:00.11. Also finishing in the top-20 was Dransfield who took 15th place with a time of 1:00.77, while Vitello finished 17th (1:01.34). 
  • DaCorte had a record-setting day in the 400 IM setting a school record in the event and the 200 fly. DaCorte, who won the 400 IM, finished with an NCAA B Cut time of 2:25.41, which also broke a school record set by Rowan Rice. Earlier in the morning, DaCorte also set a school record in the 200 fly with a time of 2:06.90, which was previously held by Jenna Hayden. Kean, Rice, and Nika Dadoly also competed in the event finishing in 13th, 16th, and 19th place respectively. 
  • Lawler paced the Lyons in the 50 free, finishing in 14th place with a time of 25.07. MacLaughlin was close behind with a time of 25.09, which was good for 15th place. 
  • The Lyons wrapped up the night with a fifth-place finish in the 400 medley relay with the team of Pet, Bernardy, DaCorte, and MacLaughlin touching in 3:59.01. 

Day Three: 

  • The final day began with an eighth-place finish in the 200 medley relay from Duebner, Kean, Lawler, and Cole (1:51.29). The Lyons also finished in 13th place. 
  • DaCorte kept her winning ways going, finishing in first place in the 500 free with a time of 4:56.54. Genther also competed in the event, taking 17th place with a time of 5:23.27. 
  • Pet finished in 11th place in the 200 back after touching in 2:10.53, while Deubner, Cole, and Julia Centola finished back-to-back-to-back, finishing in 17th, 18th, and 19th place. 
  • The 100 fly saw a 15th place finish from Iizuka (1:00.24). 
  • Kean had a strong showing in the 200 breast, finishing in fifth place with a time of 2:28.97. Bernardy joined Kean in the race, finishing in 15th place with a time of 2:34.05, while Genther took 17th place. 
  • The team of MacLaughlin, Daley, Lawler, and DaCorte ended the invite with a sixth-place finish in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:36.80, which was fast enough for an NCAA B Cut time. 

UP NEXT: Wheaton is set to return to action on Thursday, January 10 at 3 p.m. when they host Clark in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) dual.