November 22, 2013

Women's Swimming and Diving Defeats Wellesley, 164-124

WELLESLEY, Mass. - At its first of two consecutive away meets, the No. 7 MIT women's swimming and diving team picked up a 164-124 victory over New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMC) foe Wellesley College on Friday evening. Tech won seven of the 18 events and secured the win by claiming first through third place in a number of events. Sophomore Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.) was the lone Engineer to win two events, claiming victories in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke.

To start the evening, the MIT 200-yard medley A relay finished in second place with a time of 1:49.56, being edged out by the Wellesley A relay with its time of 1:49.51. The B relay followed directly behind them, in third place with its time of 1:50.55. In the 1000-yard freestyle, junior Emmie Ryan (Avon, Ind.) led a group of three Engineers with her second place finish in 10:55.33 and was followed by classmates Taylor Pearl (Solon, Ohio) in third with a 11:06.66 and Georgia Van de Zande (Raleigh, N.C.) in fourth place with a time of 11:17.99.

Senior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) was the first of the MIT swimmers to claim an individual event, winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.13. She was followed half a second later by junior Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) in second with a 59.52, who out-touched the Wellesley swimmer that came in third by three tenths of a second. Rogers and He switched places in the 200-yard backstroke, with He taking first in 2:09.49 and Rogers touching in second place with a 2:09.68.

Finney won her first event of the night, the 100 breast, with a time of 1:08.21 and freshman Emily Tsang (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) finished soon after in second place in 1:08.88. A few events later, the duo was back at it again, with Finney winning the 200 breast in 2:29.68 and Tsang following closely behind with a 2:30.28.

The 50-yard freestyle was one of MIT's strongest events, with the Engineers claiming the top three spots. Sophomore Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) took first place in 24.22, junior Michelle Cunningham (Wayland,  Mass.) came in second with a time of 25.19 an sophomore Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.) touched in third in 25.43.

Senior Jessica Wass (Bismarck, N.D.) took second place on both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards with scores of 203.62 and 184.20 respectively. In the final individual event of the evening, freshman Tammy Tai (Sunnyvale, Calif.) touched in first place in the 200-yard Individual Medley in 2:12.49 and He came in third with a 2:13.71.

Tech ended the day by taking first and second place in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The A relay, which was made up of Rogers, Joanna Yeh (Frederick, Md.), freshman Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Yang came in first with a time of 3:36.18, winning by over four seconds. The B relay, composed of sophomore Sarah Osmulski (Rumson, N.J.), Ryan, Guo and Cunningham, touched in second in 3:40.88.

MIT wastes no time returning to the water, traveling to Maine on Saturday, Nov. 23 to face host Bowdoin College and fellow NEWMAC rival Babson College at 1:00 p.m.