Nov. 16, 2006
WELLESLEY, Mass. - MIT's women's swimming and diving team opened its 2006-07 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) schedule with a thrilling 152-148 victory over Wellesley College on Wednesday night. Sophomore Nicole O'Keeffe was the driving force behind Tech's triumph, as she was involved in four wins - including three individual victories - out of MIT's seven total.
The Engineers' record stands at 1-0 both overall and in the NEWMAC following the meet, which was their first dual contest of the season. Earlier this month, they finished in first place out of four entries in the Batterman Relays. Wellesley falls to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
O'Keeffe took home individual victories in the 1000-yard freestyle (11:01.56), the 200-yard breaststroke (2:32.73) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:17.68). She was also part of the triumphant 200-yard medley relay team with sophomore Jen Chao, freshman Priya Parayanthal and senior Stephanie Sidelko, which clocked in a winning time of 1:53.79.
Chao had two individual wins of her own, in both the 100-yard (1:03.40) and the 200-yard backstrokes (2:19.50). Parayanthal picked up Tech's other victory, touching the wall at 1:01.47 for the first-place finish in the 100-yard fly.
The meet wasn't decided until the final relay, the 200-yard freestyle, which MIT entered with a 146-137 lead. Wellesley's "A" team took the top prize in the concluding race, earning 11 points, but Tech's "A" team of Sidelko, Ashley Pinchinat, Jackee Nowicke and Sasha Brophy copped four points for second-place while the "B" team of Parayanthal, Erika Sandford, Sarah King and Jessica Harpole snatched two points for third. The Engineers' six points from the race were enough to hold off their NEWMAC foes.
Wellesley was helped immensely in the standings by its impressive divers, who swept their events. Stephanie White took the one-meter while Kate Sorenson was victorious in the three-meter. Junior Carolyn O'Hara was also strong for the Blue, winning two individual events and taking part in another relay victory.
The Engineers return to the water almost immediately, as they host NEWMAC foe Babson College and NESCAC competitor Bowdoin College on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1:00 p.m. Wellesley hosts Simmons College at 1:00 p.m. on the same day.