November 9, 2013

Engineers Defeat Springfield at First Dual Meet of the Season

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The MIT women's swimming and diving team defeated Springfield College, 173-126, at its first dual meet of the 2013-14 season on Saturday, winning 10 of the 16 events throughout the day and all but four of the swimming events. Freshmen Veronika Jedryka (Arlington, Heights, Ill.) and Emily Tsang (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) led the Engineers with their two individual wins apiece, with Jedryka taking the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard backstroke, and Tsang winning the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard breaststroke.

MIT started the day off on the right foot with a win in the 200-yard medley relay. The A relay, that was composed of senior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.), Tsang, and sophomores Danielle Garside (Broomfield, Colo.) and Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) touched in 1:50.96, just over a second ahead of Springfield's A relay. The Engineers' B and C relays followed in third and fourth with times of 1:53.80 and 1:55.12 respectively.

Junior Taylor Pearl (Solon, Ohio) was Tech's first individual swimmer of the day, taking second place in the 1000-yard freestyle. Her time of 11:18.64 was 15 seconds behind Ashleigh Monroe and over five seconds ahead of Jenna Callahan. Jedyrka won the 200 free with a time of 1:57.73. She edged out Kelly Pennington, who has been named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Swimmer of the Year each of her three years, by just five one-hundredths of a second. The two were no more than two tenths of a second apart throughout the entire race.

MIT took the top three spots in the 100-yard backstroke, with Rogers leading the way in 59.76. Junior Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) followed just a second later in second place with her time of 1:00.88 and Garside claimed third in 1:02.62. Tsang narrowly out-touched Emily Medeiros in the 100 breast with her time of 1:09.41, with the Springfield freshman following five one-hundredths of a second later. Sophomore Sarah Osmulski (Rumson, N.J.) and freshman Teresa de Figueiredo (College Station, Texas) took first and second in the 200-yard butterfly with times of 2:11.10 and 2:14.59. In an amazingly close and aggressive race, Yang touched in first place in the 50-yard freestyle with a 24.44, with Pennington coming in second in 24.45. The tides were turned later on in the day when Pennington won her first event of the day in the 100-yard freestyle with a 53.61. Yang followed closely behind in second in 54.17.

Both sophomore Grace Connors (Bronxville, N.Y.) and senior Jessica Wass (Bismarck, N.D.) earned points for the Engineers on the 1-meter board, with Connors coming in fourth place with a score 239.77 and Wass finishing in fifth with 197.02. Wass went on to finish in fourth on the 3-meter board as well, earning two points towards MIT's final score with her score of 156.30.

Tech took the top three spots in the 200 back, with Jedryka clocking a 2:07.84 to take the win. She was followed by Rogers in second with a 2:09.31 and He in third place with a time of 2:11.43. Tsang won the 200 breast by almost two full seconds with her time of 2:30.75, while classmate Tammy Tai (Sunnyvale, Calif.) came in third with a 2:33.68. Tai would later win the 200-yard IM with a 2:13.71, with He coming in second with a 2:15.52 and de Figueiredo finishing in third place in 2:17.41. Sophomore Katherine Yu (San Jose, Calif.) came in second place in the 500-yard freestyle with a 5:17.66, just a second behind Callie Phillips.

To end the day, the MIT 400-yard freestyle A relay earned all 11 possible points by finishing in first place with a time of 3:36.96. The Springfield A relay touched the wall almost four seconds later with a 3:40.56.

The Engineers will have next weekend off, returning to the pool the following Friday, Nov. 22 when they travel to Wellesley College for a 7:00 p.m. meet. They will join the men's team the following day in Maine to face host Bowdoin College and Babson College at 1:00 p.m.