Dramatic Final Relay Win Lifts No. 6 MIT past Amherst in Women’s Swimming

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The top-10 battle between No. 6 MIT and No. 7 Amherst lived up to its billing this afternoon at the Zesiger Center on the MIT campus. With a dramatic victory in the final event, the 400 Free Relay, MIT came out on top by a score of 153-144. With the victory, MIT improved its dual meet record to 8-0 this season. 

Coming into the final relay the score was knotted at 140-140, freshman Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.) led off the relay for MIT and put the Engineers on top by a half second with her 53.93 first leg. But Amherst battled back, taking a slight lead as sophomore Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) hit the water for the anchor leg. It came right down to the wire as Rogers just out touched Amherst's Katie Vincett by 0.04 seconds to give MIT the win.

Junior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) was the only MIT swimmer to win multiple individual events, taking three victories for the Engineers. Her first came in the 200 Fly, in which she clocked a 2:07.75. She then came back late in the meet to take the 100 Fly as well, turning in a time of 57.43, finishing with a win in the 200 IM, touching the wall in 2:08.88. Kokensparger was also part of the victorious 200 Medley Relay that started off the meet with a 1:47.42 winning time.

Sophomore Calley Murphy (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) picked up a key win in the 100 Breast, turning in her second-best time of her career with a 1:06.89. Individually, Rogers started her day with a second-place in the 100 back and then led a key 1-2-3 MIT finish in the 200 Back with an effort of 2:06.02. Sophomore Katelyn Rossick (Middletown, Md.) and freshman Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) completed the key sweep of the top three spots for the Engineers.

He turned in a strong day for MIT, going under the one-minute mark in the 100 Back and picking up a clutch fourth-place finish in the 200 IM with a season best time of 2:14.67.

In the diving events junior Elise Stave (Chapel Hill, N.C.) took second in both the one and three-meter competitions, with sophomore Mia Stevens (Lakewood, N.Y.) edging out Claire Wagner from Amherst by a point for third in the three-meter competition.

MIT will close out the regular season next week with an appearance at the Wheaton Invitational where diving will take place on Feb. 3 at 6:00 p.m. and swimming events on Feb. 4 starting at Noon.