March 24, 2012

Women’s Swimming Posts Best Ever Placing at NCAAs With Eighth-Place Finish

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – After starting the day in eighth-place in the team standings, the MIT women's swimming and diving team had a solid outing on the final day of the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, enabling the Engineers finish eighth in the meet. It was the best ever finish at the national meet for MIT, which had a previous best finish of 11th in 1990.

Starting the evening session for MIT in the 1650 Freestyle was freshman Emily Ryan (Indianapolis, Ind.). She continued her outstanding performance at the championships with her third individual All-America performance. She became the first Engineer to break the 17 minute mark in the event, placing fourth with a time of 16:59.05, breaking her own school record by over seven seconds.

Junior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) made it through to the consolation finals after turning in a school record 51.47 in the 100 Freestyle preliminary heats. During the evening race she lowered that mark to 51.30 to finish 12th overall.

Sophomore Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) added a third school record for the day for MIT, with hers coming in the prelims of the 200 Backstroke in which qualified for the consolation finals with her time of 2:02.18, lowering her old mark by over two seconds. In the consolation final she touched the wall in 2:04.37 to finish 15th.

MIT capped off their best-ever showing at the NCAA Championships in the 400 Freestyle Relay. The team of Kokensparger, sophomore Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.), junior Elina Hu (Oshkosh, Wis.) and Ryan qualified for the consolation finals with a time of 3:29.62. In the final race of the championships  MIT lowered its time to 3:29.25, finishing 12th.