Women's Swimming & Diving Wraps up Winter Invite in First Place

Freshman Tammy Tai
Freshman Tammy Tai

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT women's swimming and diving wrapped up the two-day, three-session Winter Invitational in first place with 1208.5 points, earning a total of 17 NCAA B cuts and breaking two school records. Cross-town rival Harvard was second with 676.5 points. On Saturday alone, freshman Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) won three individual events, earning B cuts in all of them: the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:52.42, the 100-yard backstroke in 56.35 and the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:00.15, breaking the MIT school record by over two seconds.

In the morning session, MIT's 200-yard medley A relay, made up of senior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.), and sophomores Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.), Danielle Garside (Broomfield, Colo.) and Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.), touched in first place with a B cut time of 1:46.51 and were followed by the B relay in second in 1:48.03. In the first individual event of the day, the 400-yard Individual Medley, junior Taylor Pearl (Solon, Ohio) touched in second place with a time of 4:40.52, leaving a two and a half second gap between her and the third place finisher, and freshman Tammy Tai (Sunnyvale, Calif.) came in fourth in 4:44.78.

Sophomore Sarah Osmulski (Rumson, N.J.) dropped a second and a half off her seed time in the 100-yard butterfly to take second with a 57.72, out-touching a swimmer from Harvard by five one-hundredths of a second and earning the B cut by just one one-hundredth of a second. Finney, who was seeded second in the 100-yard breaststroke, dropped almost two seconds and touched in first with a time of 1:06.84. On the 3-meter board, senior Jessica Wass (Bismarck, N.D.) came in 11th place with a score of 206.45 and, to end the morning, the MIT 800-yard freestyle A relay touched in second place with a time of 7:58.63.

To start the third and final session of the meet, junior Emmie Ryan (Avon, Ind.) took a third place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle with her time of 18:03.43, leaving a full 20 seconds between her and the fourth place finisher. Rogers came second in the 200 back with her time of 2:02.64, which was just a tenth of a second off the time she swam at NCAAs last season. She was also second in the 100 back this morning with a 57.10.

Senior Joanna Yeh (Frederick, Md.) led the way in the 100-yard freestyle with her first place finish of 52.74. She was followed soon after by Yang in second with a 53.15 and junior Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.) in third with a time of 53.21. Finney won her second event of the day, touching first by almost three seconds in the 200-yard breaststroke in a B cut time of 2:23.56.

The 400-yard freestyle closed the meet. MIT's A relay, which was seeded in second, came in first place with its B cut time of 3:27.89, winning by almost a full 10 seconds and just missing the school record by half a second. The B relay was second in 3:36.00.

This was Tech's final meet of the 2013 portion of the season. MIT will next compete at home on Saturday, Jan. 11 against Coast Guard.