Passilla's Record Breaking Day Leads Bears at NEWMAC Championship Day Two

Sarah Passilla
Sarah Passilla

WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Sarah Passilla set the school-record and won the 200 IM and was part of the record breaking 200 freestyle relay which placed second to highlight the second day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship.

The Bears are in third place at with two days left in the 2019 NEWMAC Championship. MIT leads with 469 followed by Wheaton (305) and the Bears with 291.

Passilla won the 200 IM with a school-record and NCAA B cut time of 2:05.74 breaking her own record of 2:06.94 set in the preliminaries. The record entering the day was 2:07.63 set by Chantel Ferguson in 2013.

The Bears 200 freestyle relay team of Hannah Fernandes, Passilla, Felicia Lombardi and Kristen Durham-Young broke the school record in the event with a time of 1:36.36 to earn All-conference honors with a second place finish. The record was 1:36.84 set by Patti Eidenire, Durham-Young, Jackie Kokomoor and Christine McCulla in 2016.

Also for the Bears, Josie McGuire earned All-conference honors with a second place finish in the 500 freestyle posting a time of 5:01.70 and Durham-Young broke the school-record in the 100 butterfly in a morning time trial with a time of 57.37, the old record was 57.80 set by Chantel Ferguson in 2013.

Durham-Young also placed fifth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.32.

The action continues tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the third day of the four day championship.

Friday Championship Results

(Champion earns first team All-Conference honors, runner up is second team All-Conference)


200-Yard Freestyle Relay

Champion: MIT (1:34.65) – Shannon Hagmaier, Lara Ketonen, Lilia Staszel, Lindsey Bjornstad

Notes: 2018 NCAA invited time, Staszel was also on the 2018 champion team

Runner Up: Coast Guard (1:36.36) - Hannah Fernandes, Sarah Passilla, Felicia Lombardi, Kristen Durham-Young


500-Yard Freestyle

Champion: Lydia Dacorte - Wheaton, 4:59.92 (Meet Record, NCAA B cut, 2018 NCAA invited time, also champion in 2018)

Runner Up: Josie McGuire (Coast Guard) - 5:05.18


200 IM

Champion: Sarah Passilla – Coast Guard, 2:05.74 (NCAA B Cut, 2018 NCAA invited time)

Runner Up: Hannah Mahaffey - MIT, 2:08.11 (also runner up in 2018)


50-Yard Freestyle

Champion: Shannon Hagmaier - MIT, 23.76

Runner Up: Lindsey Bjornstad – MIT, 23.82


1-Meter Diving

Champion: Deborah Wen – MIT, 500.65 points

Runner-Up: Blake Zhou - MIT, 444.70 points (also 2017 and 2018 runner up)

Top seven performances earn a spot at the NCAA diving regional.


400-Yard Medley Relay

Champion: MIT, 3:48.67 – Jenny Yu, Sara Nicholas, Hannah Mahaffey, Shannon Hagmaier

(NCAA B Cut, NCAA invited time, Mahaffey was also on 2018 championship team)

Runner-Up: Wheaton, 3:49.66 – Kate Dransfield, Elizabeth Bernardy, Lydia Dacorte, Caitlin Daley

(Dacorte was also on the 2017 runner-up team)


Day three begins with the prelims on Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by the finals session at 6 p.m. The events for Saturday include the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and the 200 medley relay.


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