CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - At the first meet of the 2013 portion of the season, the MIT women's swimming and diving team fell to Williams College, 187-112, on Friday afternoon. Senior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.), and freshmen Katie Siegel (San Jose, Calif.) and Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) all won individual events throughout the night.
MIT started the meet off right, winning the 400 yard medley relay in 3:53.76, out touching Williams' A relay by just two-one hundredths of a second. The next win of the night came in the 100 yard backstroke, with Siegel touching in 58.11. She was followed by sophomore Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) in second place with a time of 59.35 and classmate Eann Tuan (Richardson, Texas) in fourth with a 1:01.05. The 100 yard breaststroke was another strong event for the Engineers, with freshman Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.) finishing first in 1:07.25 and junior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) touching third in 1:07.70.
In the next event, the 200 yard butterfly, Kokensparger touched first in 2:08.17, finishing half a second ahead of the second place finisher from Williams. In the 50 yard freestyle, Yang came first with a time of 24.35, while senior Elina Hu (Oshkosh, Wis.) finished second in 25.12.
In the one meter diving portion, freshman Grace Connors (Bronxville, N.Y.) finished highest for MIT, coming third with a score of 215.92. Senior Elise Stave (Chapel Hill, N.C.) came fourth with 214.87, junior Jessica Wass (Bismarck, N.D.) was fifth with 174.16 and freshman Kat Stone (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) was seventh with 157.72. In three meter diving, Stave was third with 223.72, Connors was fourth with 217.95 and Stone was fifth with a score of 150.29.
Siegel secured her second win of the night when she went 57.25 in the 100 yard butterfly, finishing a second and a half ahead of the second place finisher. In the final event of the night, the 200 yard freestyle relay, the MIT A relay finished second in 1:39.23, while the B relay touched fourth in 1:41.89 and the C relay came sixth in 1:45.99.
The Engineers will waste no time before returning to the pool, traveling to New London, Conn. on Saturday to face Coast Guard at 12:00 p.m.