November 6, 2010

Swimming and Diving Starts Season with Impressive Showing at Batterman Relays

Norton, Mass. - Last weekend, MIT's swimming and diving teams competed against Tufts University, Wheaton College and Roger Williams University in the annual Charlie Batterman Relays. The Engineers women delivered a strong performance, winning eight of their nine events. MIT's men fared equally as well, as the two teams combined for sixteen wins and seven meet records.

The women set meet records in the 200 medley relay, 500 crescendo relay, 200 back relay, 4 x 100 IM relay, 400 free relay and 200 breast relay. Freshman Christy Rogers set a new MIT record in the 50 backstroke (27.95), to lead off the 200 medley. Freshman Joanna Yeh made a name for herself at the event, figuring in three victories for the Engineers. Senior Amy Jacobi was also a key component of two relay victories for Tech.  

The men set a meet record in the 1500 freestyle relay. Freshmen Carlo Biedenharn and Tim Wall and sophomore Max Pruner made up the group that swam the record-setting race. Wyatt Ubellacker, Tony Chen, Brendan Deveney and Colby Dunn, the team that was victorious in the 500 yard freestyle crescendo relay, were all key players in multiple victories on the men's side.

While no official team scores were recorded, the meet provided an opportunity for swimmers to showcase their talents before the competitive season. The schools also participated in diving events, which were not scored.

The women's team will compete in their first head-to-head match on Wednesday, November 17, when they travel to face the Blue of Wellesley College at 7 p.m. Both squads will host a tri-match with Babson and Bowdoin on Saturday the 20th.