Women's Swimming and Diving Completes Winter Invite With a Win

Sophomore Taylor Pearl
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women's swimming and diving team completed the Winter Invitational in style, finishing first with 1,347 points, almost 40 points better than they fared last year. Tufts was second with 647 and Keene State was third with 485.5. On Saturday, the Engineers earned five NCAA B cuts and one A cut in the morning session and three B cuts in the final session, bringing the total number of national cuts to 15. Freshman Katie Siegel (San Jose, Calif.) was the lone automatic qualifier, going 55.32 in the 100 yard butterfly, getting the A cut by three-tenths of a second.

After narrowly touching out Keene State in the 200 yard medley relay, MIT went on to take first, second and fourth in the 400 yard Individual Medley. Junior Katelyn Rossick (Middletown, Md.) touched first in 4:31.30 and sophomore Taylor Pearl (Solon, Ohio) finished soon after in 4:35.76, both of them getting B cuts. Freshman Sydney Hodges (Richmond, Texas) came into the wall in 4:49.38, dropping 15 seconds from the last time she swam the event and earning 15 points for the Engineers.

In the 100 yard butterfly, MIT took five of the top six spots, led by Siegel with a best time of a second and a half and followed by senior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) in 56.69, earning the B cut by over a second. Freshman Danielle Garside (Broomfield, Colo.) was fourth with 59.04, senior Elina Hu (Oshkosh, Wis.) finished fifth in 59.17 and freshman Sarah Osmulski (Rumson, N.J.) touched sixth in 59.45. Siegel, Garside and Osmulski all broke their personal best times.

Freshmen Kate Yu (San Jose, Calif.) and Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.) took first and second in the 200 yard freestyle, going 1:54.67 and 1:56.47, respectively. In the 100 breaststroke, freshman Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.) won in 1:06.55 and sophomore Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.) finished fourth in 1:09.11, both getting season-best times. The Engineers' best showing of the morning was in the 100 yard backstroke, where they took first through fifth place. Sigel finished first in 56.67 and junior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) was second in 57.25, both earning B cuts. Sophomore Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) was third in 58.51, Garside was fourth with a time of 59.17 and sophomore Eann Tuan (Richardson, Texas) was fifth in 59.92.

MIT continued to swim well in the evening, opening the first event of the final session, the 1650 yard freestyle with a second place finish from junior Sarah Weiss (Edina Minn.) in 18:04.59, her best time this season. In the 200 yard backstroke, MIT placed five Engineers in the top five. Rogers won in 2:04.29, earning a B cut, Yu was second in 2:07.91, He was third in 2:08.05, Siegel finished fourth with a time of 2:09.46 and Garside touched fifth in 2:09.81. In the 100 yard free, freshman Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) touched in second place with a 52.89 and she was followed by Hu in 53.07 in third, Cunningham with a 53.39 in fourth, and Guo with a time of 54.02 in fifth. Both Yang and Guo got best times.

In the 200 yard butterfly, Kokensparger won in 2:04.88, her best time this season, Rossick was second in 2:08.42 and Osmulski was third with a time of 2:11.85. The final event of the weekend, the 400 yard freestyle relay, went well for the Engineers, who came first and second in 3:30.37 and 3:35.59, successfully wrapping up the end of the meet.

MIT will return to action on January 11 when it faces Williams College at 4:00 p.m.