Feb. 1, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - The Engineers captured three event victories, but couldn't counter nationally-ranked No. 4 Amherst's depth and potent attack, as the Lady Jeffs knocked off MIT, 160-131.
Amy Jacobi enjoyed another standout meet, supplying two of MIT's victories. The sophomore from Cranberry, N.J., picked up a great win in the 100 free before authoring a come-from-behind win in the 100 fly.
In the 100 free, Jacobi responded to a second-place finish in the 50 by swimming 54.46 to edge Amherst's senior sensation Meaghan Stern. Stern electrified the home crowd by winning the 50 in a blazing 23.78. In the fly, junior Kendall Dacey grabbed the lead at the midway point, but a strong finish by Jacobi powered her to the wall first as she touched in 59.71. Senior Jen Chao finished third in the fly with a time of 1:00.48.
Chao finished second to Dacey in the 200 fly, but rallied hard in the final 50 to nearly pull off the upset. Chao completed the circuit in 2:13.53, with Dacey taking first in 2:13.00.
The Engineers picked up their third win of the afternoon behind the effort of senior Nicole O'Keeffe. Also finishing second in the 500 free, O'Keeffe delivered a 13-second victory in the 1000 while finishing the race in 10:44.50. She trailed midway through the event before surging ahead for a commanding finish.
For the second time in as many meets, Kristie D'Ambrosio secured an NCAA qualifying score in one-meter diving.