Women's Swimming and Diving Cruises Past Tufts

Sophomore Emmie Ryan

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - No. 5 nationally-ranked MIT women's swimming and diving picked up a 266-109 victory over Tufts University at home on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers won 16 of the 20 events and took two or three of the top spots in several of them. Senior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) won all three of her events, while freshmen Kate Yu (San Jose, Calif.) and Katie Siegel (San Jose, Calif.) won two of their events.

As usual, MIT's 400 yard medley A relay started the meet off with a win, touching in 3:58.26. The B relay finished second with a time of 4:07.69, out-touching Tufts' A relay by just over a second.

Junior Sarah Weiss (Edina, Minn.) won the 1000 yard freestyle in 10:59.48, finishing eight seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Sophomore Taylor Pearl (Solon, Ohio) was third in 11:09.84. MIT's best showing was in the 200 yard freestyle, taking first through fourth place and finishing with less than two seconds between them all. Yu came first with a time of 1:57.23 and was followed by sophomore Emmie Ryan (Indianapolis, Ind.) in 1:57.37, junior Joanna Yeh (Frederick, Md.) in 1:58.32 and freshman Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.) with a time of 1:59.06.

The Engineers turned around from their impressive performance in the 200 yard freestyle to take first, second and third place in the next event, the 100 yard backstroke. Sophomores Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) and Eann Tuan (Richardson, Texas) finished almost simultaneously with times of 1:00.31 and 1:00.48 respectively. Freshman Danielle Garside (Broomfield, Colo.) came third in 1:03.21. In the 100 yard breaststroke, junior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) finished second with a time of 1:08.17 and, in the 200 yard butterfly, Kokensparger touched first in 2:10.61.

In the 50 yard butterfly, an event the Engineers have not swam individually all season, Siegel came first in 25.76 and senior Elina Hu (Oshkosh, Wis.) was second with a time of 27.60. In the 50 yard freestyle, freshman Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.), Tuan and freshman Anna Leonard (Rogersville, Mo.) finished with less than a second between them all, taking first through third place.

MIT competed well in the 1 meter diving portion of the meet, finishing in second, third and fourth place. Senior Elise Stave (Chapel Hill, N.C.) finished highest for the Engineers with a score of 280.15, just two points behind the first place finisher. Freshman Grace Connors (Bronxville, N.Y.) was third with 277.35 and junior Mia Stevens (Lakewood, N.Y.) was fourth with 270.25. They had another good showing in the 3 meter diving, with Stevens finishing first with a score of 285.30, Connors in third with 271.00 and Stave fourth with 266.85.

In the 100 yard freestyle, Yang touched first in 54.18 and was followed by Hu in second with a time of 55.02 and sophomore Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.) in third with a time of 55.35. The Engineers, once again, took first through third place in another event, this time in the 200 yard backstroke with Rogers finishing first in 2:09.21, He in second place with a 2:10.83 and junior Katelyn Rossick (Middletown, Md.) in third place with a time of 2:12.67, finishing six seconds before the first Tufts swimmer got to the wall. Kokensparger won her second event of the afternoon, going 2:28.61 in the 200 yard breaststroke, being followed by freshman Sydney Hodges (Richmond, Texas) in second with a time of 2:33.03.

Rossick won her first event of the afternoon when she went 2:12.59 in the 200 yard individual medley. She was followed by He with a 2:15.94 and Pearl with a time of 2:17.24. MIT ended the meet the same way they started it, by coming first and second in the relay, this time the 400 yard freestyle relay, with a time of 3:40.75 for the A relay and 3:46.36 for the B relay.

The Engineers will hit the road for Amherst, Mass. to face Amherst College on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1:00 p.m.