Dec. 3, 2005
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The women's swimming and diving unit traveled to Wesleyan University this weekend to participate in the Cardinal Invitational. Despite opting out of the last session, the Engineers made the most of their trip across the Connecticut border, taking first place in eight events and supplying three 1-2 finishes.
Julianna Edwards factored into four of Tech's wins, including three individual event victories. Securing top honors in the 100 back, 100 fly and 200 medley relay, Edwards also grabbed first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:14.07. Her winning clip in the individual medley was just .05 seconds off her own school records set last season.
Edwards' win in the 200 IM also served as one of Tech's 1-2 sweeps, as freshman Nicole O'Keefe closed in second at 2:14.07. MIT also finished 1-2 in the 50 free and the 500 free. Rookie Kristen Felch (25.87) out-touched sophomore Sasha Brophy (25.91) to win the shortest race of the meet, while Kate Thornton (5:14.37) and O'Keefe (5:19.97) powered their way to a 1-2 finish behind a pair of season-best swims.
Senior Jen-Jen L'ao produced a solid clip of 4:46.36 in winning the 400 IM, but the swim of the weekend went to Brophy in anchoring MIT's 800 free relay. Earlier in the day, Brophy went 1:59.11 to win the 200 free in an extremely tight race against Wesleyan's Kate Krems. Although Wesleyan enjoyed nearly a six second advantage as Krems dove off the blocks for the anchor leg, Brophy split 1:58.48 and brought the Engineers within three-tenths of the winning mark. The final swim was Brophy's seventh race of the day.
"Sasha's anchor was a great example of the intensity that she brings to every race," noted head coach Dawn Gerken. "Her passion and aspiration to excel has a residual effect on the entire team."