Amherst, Mass. – For the second year in a row, the Amherst Lord Jeffs handed the MIT Engineers Women's swim team their first loss in the final dual meet of the year. Amherst knocked off MIT by a score of 194-104 on Saturday afternoon.
Amherst took the first three women's events before Christy Rogers was able to win the 100 yard backstroke in 59.16. Rogers was part of the 'A' squad in the opening 200 yard medley relay. She, along with Calley Murphy, Elina Hu and Katie Creasey finished in a time of 1:51.13, but were bested by the talented 'A' group from Amherst.
Amherst took control of the meet with four straight event victories, though MIT took second place points in three of them. Murphy narrowly lost the 100 yard breaststroke (1:08.89 to 1:08.06), freshman Joanna Yeh was edged in the 200 yard fly (2:11.93) and Hu took second in the 50 yard free (25.45).
It looked as though the Engineers may make a run back into the competition, as Yeh won the 100 yard free in 5.24 and Rogers followed her with an NCAA B Cut in 200 yard backstroke victory (2:07.36), but Amherst won three more consecutive events, headlined by star swimmer Kendra Stern's pool record in the 500 yard free (4:51.66).
Beth Stavely 's performance on the diving board was good enough for third place in both the 1-meter and 3-meter disciplines.
Freshman Katelyn Rossick took the last event victory for MIT, winning the 200 yard IM in 2:13.28 before Amherst ran away with the 400 yard freestyle relay.
The Engineers will travel to Wheaton College on Saturday afternoon, where they will take part in the Wheaton Invitational. The swimming will start at 12 PM.