DaCorte Named NEWMAC Women's Swimmer of the Year; Lyons Finish Second

DaCorte Named NEWMAC Women's Swimmer of the Year; Lyons Finish Second

LOCATION: Worcester, Mass. (WPI Pool) 


(DAY 1):  

  • The Wheaton College women's swimming and diving team opened the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships with the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team of Delia MacLaughlinKayleigh FoleyLydia DaCorte, and Caitlin Daley ended the race in second place with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 7:37.48. The finish also earned the squad All-Conference honors. 

(DAY 2):  

  • The Lyons put together a solid showing on the second day, with DaCorte winning the 500-yard freestyle for the second consecutive season. This year, however, the sophomore set a meet record, a school record, and earned an IN 2018 Invited Time after completing the race in 4:53.52. DaCorte, who already held the Wheaton record in the event, shaved off two seconds from her previous school record, which she set back in February of 2018. DaCorte shaved a second off the previous meet record, which was set by an MIT swimmer back in 2012 while coming up just a second shy of the NEWMAC record. Her time moves her to fourth on the NCAA performance list. 
  • MacLaughlin finished the race just outside a podium spot, taking home fourth with a time of 5:07.69.
  • DaCorte then helped the 400 medley relay team take home all-conference honors with a second place finish. The team, which consisted of  Kate Dransfield, Elizabeth Bernardy, Dacorte, and Daley finished in 3:51.76. 
  • Dransfield, Maggie Lawler, MacLaughlin, and Daley opened the night with a third-place finish in the 200 free relay, finishing with a time of 1:37.54. 
  • The 50 free saw Dransfield and Lawler finish back-to-back in 24.70 and 24.73. 
  • Maddy Morrison finished the 1-meter dive with a score of 381.40. 

(DAY 3):  

  • DaCorte picked up her second conference champion honor on day three of the NEWMAC Championships, winning the 400 IM with a time of 4:26.78. The time was also good enough to earn the sophomore an NCAA IN 2018 Invited Time. Erin Kean also made the finals of the IM, finishing in 4:42.95, while Rowan Rice finished in 4:45.08. Jessica Love rounded out the Lyons who made the finals (4:59.27).
  • The 100 butterfly saw Karen Iizuka finish in sixth with a time of 58.65, while Lawler took ninth with a time of 59.71. Chloe Deubner also made the finals, finishing in 1:00.46. 
  • MacLaughlin returned to action strong, earning her first individual all-conference honor, after finishing second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:53.65. Daley and Foley finished back-to-back with Daley touching first with a time of 1:57.04. Julia Centola also made the finals of the 200 free. 
  • Bernardy earned a spot on the podium in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in third place with a time of 1:06.51. Kean touched moments later (1:07.71), while Iizuka touched in 1:10.53. 
  • Wheaton dominated the 100 backstroke, led by Dransfield who finished in third place with a time of 58.04. Touching behind the senior were Eva Pet (58.60), Deubner and Kathryn Cole (58.93), and Centola (59.17). Love and Nika Dadoly also made the finals, finishing in 1:01.07 and 1:01.48 respectively. 
  • The Lyons ended the night with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay with the team of Deubner, Bernardy, DaCorte, and Dransfield touching in 1:47.45. Wheaton's other team was equally as impressive, finishing the B Finals in 1:49.10 (Pet, Kean, Lawler, Cole).

(DAY 4):  

  • DaCorte won her third event of the meet on the final day of the championships, taking home first place in the 1650 with a time of 16:58.20, which not only set a school record but earned her an NCAA IN 2018 Invited Time. During the course of the race, the sophomore also broke the Wheaton school record in the 1000 with a time of 10:17.70. 
  • Caroline Genther joined DaCorte in the 1650 finishing in fourth place with a time of 17:41.58, while Foley ended the contest in seventh place with a time of 18:10.46. Maddie LambertSarah MulderHolly Cohen, and Emma Flesher also competed in the 1650 free. 
  • Cole and Pet represented the Lyons in the 200 backstroke with Cole leading the way with a time of 2:09.72. Pet finished in 2:12.30. DeubnerCentolaDadoly, and Love also made the finals with Deubner touching first in the 'B' finals. 
  • MacLaughlin finished fourth in the 100 free, finishing in 52.55, while Daley touched in 54.41. 
  • Like they did in the 200 back, the Lyons had a strong showing in the 200 breast with four athletes making the finals, led by a third-place finish from Kean (2:26.38). Rice was the next to finish, taking home fifth place (2:27.54), while Bernardy ended in 2:31.80 and Genther in 2:32.64. 
  • Iizuka was the lone Lyon in the 200 butterfly finishing in 2:16.75. 
  • Morrison finished the 3-meter dive with a score of 414.05. 
  • The Lyons wrapped up the night with a third-place finish in the 400 free relay with MacLaughlin, Lawler, Daley, and DaCorte finishing in 3:32.77. 

UP NEXT: The Lyons await bids to the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, which will be held March 20-23 in Greensboro, North Carolina.