Women's Swimming Defeats Bowdoin and Babson at Home on Saturday Afternoon

Sophomore Jane He

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - After a convincing win against Wellesley the night before, the MIT women's swimming and diving team defeated Babson, 248-59, and Bowdoin, 224-87, on Saturday afternoon after winning every event except for two. Freshmen Katie Siegel (San Jose, Calif. and Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.), senior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) and junior Mia Stevens (Lakewood, N.Y.) all won both of their events. The Engineers are now 4-0 for the season.

After MIT took first and second in the 200 medley relay, freshman Kate Yu (San Jose, Calif.) won the 1000 freestyle in 10:50.43, narrowly out-touching Bowdoin's Katherine Foley who finished in 10:50.77. She went on to take the bronze in the 200 backstroke in 2:11.79.

Siegel won the 100 backstroke in 59.23 and the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.78. Finney grabbed the gold in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes in 1:09.08 and 2:30.76, respectively. In a repeat of last night's meet against the Blue, Stevens won both the 1m and 3m diving portions of the meet.

The Engineers took first through third place in a number of events throughout the session. Kokensparger, junior Katelyn Rossick (Middletown, Md.) and freshman Sarah Osmulski (Rumson, N.J.) dominated the 200 butterfly. In the 50 freestyle, freshman Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) won in 24.18, one one-hundredth of a second faster than her time from last night. Senior Elina Hu (Oshkosh, Wis.) finished second and sophomore Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.) touched the wall shortly after that. In the 100 fly, Siegel came in first, Kokensparger was second, freshman Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.) was third and classmate Danielle Garside (Broomfield, Colo.) came fourth, all finishing within three seconds.  Finally, Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) won the 200 IM in 2:15.30, four seconds ahead of a Bowdoin swimmer.

The Engineers will next host the MIT Invitational from Nov. 30- Dec. 1, where they will most likely face Tufts University, New York University, Wheaton College, Bowdoin College and Colby College, as they have in years past.