March 23, 2013

Women's Swimming Takes 8th at NCAAs

SHENANDOAH, Texas - For the second year in a row, the MIT women's swimming and diving team finished in eighth place in the overall team rankings at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, closing the four-day, eight-session meet with 125 points.  Before last year, the highest the Engineers had ever finished at NCAAs was 11th back in 1990. The Engineers finished behind Stevens Institute of Technology with 167 and ahead of Grove City with 116. Emory University won its fourth title in a row with 619 points.

Starting the evening session for MIT in the consolation final of the 200-yard backstroke was junior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.). Her time of 2:02.50 earned her a fourth place finish and her fourth All-America performance for the week. She narrowly missed breaking her own record of 2:02.18 from the 2011-12 season, but easily earned a season-best time by over two seconds. She came 12th overall in the event.

The 400-yard freestyle relay that was composed of junior Joanna Yeh (Frederick, Md.), senior Elina Hu (Oshkosh, Wis.), junior Katelyn Rossick (Middletown, Md.) and senior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) swam in the consolation final, finishing 15th with a 3:29.75. Their time of 3:27.46 from this morning broke the MIT school record of 3:27.80 from 2011-12.

At prelims this morning, freshman Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) and Hu competed in the 100-yard freestyle. Yang finished in 34th place with a time of 52.56 and Hu was 39th in 52.83. Freshman Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.) swam the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing 29th with a time of 2:29.76.

Over the past week, the Engineers earned six individual All-America nods for finishing in the top 16 in their respective events. All five of the relay also earned All-America accolades.