MIT Downs Wellesley in NEWMAC Opener, 179-118
Nov. 15, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Juniors Jen Chao and Nicole O'Keeffe and freshman Amy Jacobi were each a part of four MIT victories on Wednesday night, as the women's swimming and diving team opened its dual meet schedule with a 179-118 victory over New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe, Wellesley College. The meet was hosted by MIT in Zesiger Pool.
The Engineers improved to 1-0 both overall and in the NEWMAC with the triumph, while the Blue fell to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
Chao, O'Keeffe and Jacobi teamed up with junior Kristen Felch to earn the fastest time in the evening's first event, the 200-yard medley relay, to get the hosts off to a favorable start. The group touched the wall at 1:55.18 to outpace Wellesley's top finishers by just over one second.
Chao followed up with wins in both the 100-yard (1:04.67) and 200-yard (2:19.45) backstroke events before clocking in at 1:02.72 in the 100-yard butterfly to produce her fourth first-place finish of the night.
O'Keeffe would go on to earn decisive victories in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:48.76), 500-yard freestyle (5:17.31) and 400-yard individual medley (4:49.59), while Jacobi - competing in her first intercollegiate dual meet - grabbed individual wins in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events before helping Tech to the top time in the 200-yard freestyle relay along with Ashley Pinchinat, Sarah King and Sasha Brophy. However, because the Engineers had already wrapped up the victory heading into the relay, the event officially served as an exhibition.
Brophy grabbed an individual victory of her own, beating out the competition in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:59.09.
Senior diver Doria Holbrook - last year's three-meter diving National Champion and one-meter runner-up - took home the top scores in both events, while also making NCAA cuts in each. The Yakima, Wash., native's 295.50 in the one-meter bested Wellesley's Kate Sorenson by over 60 points, while her 285.53 in the three-meter was over 30 points higher than Sorenson's second-place score.
Jenny Wu was the Blue's top performer, clocking in with the fastest times in the 100-yard (1:10.49) and 200-yard (2:30.52) breaststroke events.
MIT will return to the pool on Saturday, Nov. 17, when it will travel to Brunswick, Maine to battle with host Bowdoin College and NEWMAC opponent Babson College at 1:00 p.m. Wellesley will be back in action on Saturday, as well, when it will travel to Simmons College at a time that is yet to be determined.