Yamashita conquers in 100 butterfly at invite

At their home pool on Saturday, Worcester Polytechnic Institute hosted the first non-dual meet for the Rensselaer swimming and diving teams this season.

No overall score was recorded at the invite. In attendance were the RPI Engineers, the WPI Engineers, the Wellesley College Blues, the Keene State Owls, the Tufts University Jumbos, the Assumption College Greyhounds, the Simmons College Sharks, the Wesleyan University Cardinals, and the Roger Williams University Hawks. As Wellesley and Simmons are women’s colleges, only women’s teams represented them in the water.

In total, 38 events took place that day, three of which were taken by Rensselaer women. Sophomores Jessica Sauve and Danielle Sauve and juniors Barb Long and Siena Sara championed in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:42.55. The 200 yard medley relay was won in 1:51.57 by the team of sophomore Michaela Yamashita, Sauve, Long, and Sara. Yamashita also pulled off RPI’s sole individual victory of the meet when she sped to the front in the 100 yard butterfly, finishing in 1:00.33. Victoria Weber of Assumption College clocked in at a mere seven hundredths of a second behind her.

Although the men spared their competitors the humility of losing, freshman Dan Hendricks went for a top spot in the 400 yard individual medley. Hendricks garnered second place finish just under a second behind the leader from WPI. He sprinted in the final lap, swimming a fast 28.42 in the last leg to try and catch up.

Freshman Charly Blazy took third in the 50 yard breaststroke at 28.24. Also taking third in their races were freshman Noah Pan in the 200 yard freestyle, sophomore Brandon Koo in the 100 yard backstroke, and freshman Mavin Liu in the 100 yard breaststroke. Pan arrived three seconds after the leader from Tufts, while Koo came in 1.5 seconds behind the leader from Wesleyan, and Liu finished about 2.5 seconds after the leader from WPI.

The Vassar Brewers will travel to Rensselaer territory on Saturday to compete in a dual meet at Robison Pool beginning at 1 pm. The next day, the men’s and women’s teams will hit the road, bound for Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, to compete in their second dual meet of the weekend. The Hartwick Hawks will be in for a treat starting at 1 pm on Sunday.