March 17, 2010

Kokensparger, Cummings Excel in Day 1 of Championship

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – On day one of the 2010 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, five of MIT’s swimmers had All-American performances and four institute records fell as Tech’s men and women currently rank 5th and 11th place, respectively, after nine events.

Freshman Anna Kokensparger had a phenomenal swim in the finals of the 200 IM, and her new Institute record (2:03.23) was good enough to place her as 2nd best in the nation. She joined with Elina Hu, Amy Jacobi and Nicole Wang in the finals of the 200 Medley Relay, where their new MIT record (1:47.18) was more than two and a half seconds faster than the previous mark.

Senior Luke Cummings received his first individual All-America honors with his fourth-place swim in the 50 Free (20.37)—nine tenths faster than his previous team record. Along with freshman Wyatt Ubellacker and fellow seniors Jeff Zhou and Rastislav Racz, Cummings anchored Tech’s 200 Medley Relay team, which received All-America recognition for its third-place time of 1:29.94, another MIT best.

Freshman Brendan Deveney posted MIT’s other school record with his swim in the preliminaries of the 200 IM (1:52.57); he finished 16th overall.

Action continues Thursday with the Engineers competing in the 200 Free Relay, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free and 400 Medley Relay.

To follow the action, check out the Live Results and MIT’s Results.

Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. (EDT) each day with finals commencing at 7 p.m.