March 23, 2012

Women’s Swimming Moves Up at Nationals

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Starting the day in ninth-place, the MIT women's swimming and diving team moved up a spot to eighth after today's action at the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The Engineers scored 30 points during the day to move their total to 98, just 16 points behind the College of New Jersey and Johns Hopkins University for sixth-place.

Sophomore Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) started things off for MIT on the third day of competition with a solid performance in the 100 Backstroke, with her time of 56.68 in the preliminaries good enough to qualify her for the consolation finals. In that race she lowered her time by 0.22 seconds, with her effort of 56.46 earning a 10th-place finish.

Another MIT sophomore, Calley Murphy (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), was the next Engineer to qualify to the evening session. Taking part in the 100 Breaststroke, she turned in a 1:05.19 in the preliminary heats which put her in the consolation final. There she clocked a 1:05.59 for a 16th-place finish.

In the final event of the day, the 800 Freestyle Relay, MIT saw its team of junior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.), sophomore Katelyn Rossick (Middletown, Md.), freshman Nicole Ozminkowski (Saline, Mich.) and freshman Emily Ryan (Indianapolis, Ind.) improve on their qualifying time by nearly two seconds. The Engineers touched home in 7:36.20 to claim eighth-place and All-America status, becoming just the second All-American relay in Institute history.

MIT will conclude the 2011-12 season tomorrow at the final day of the championships.