Freshmen Pair Collect NEWMAC Swimming Honors

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Following their spectacular performances at last weekend's MIT Invite swim meet, Anna Kokensparger and Brendan Deveney, both freshmen, were honored by the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as Women's Swimmer and Men's Swimmer of the Week.

Hailing from Omaha, Neb., Kokensparger won all eight of her races last weekend, helping the Engineer women post a second-place finish out of seven teams. Kokensparger recorded NCAA "B"-cut times in all three of her individual events, 200 Breast (2:24.97), 200 IM (2:06.56) and 100 Fly (56.79), as well as her opening leg of the 200 Free Relay (24.12). She also contributed to five Engineer relay victories, including three more "B" cuts in the 200 Free Relay (1:36.71), 800 Free Relay (7:50.19) and 400 Medley Relay (3:58.78). Kokensparger also recorded new MIT team records in two individual events (200 Breast and 200 IM) and three relays (200 F.R., 200 M.R. and 400 M.R.).

Deveney, a resident of Newton, Conn., was a stand-out for MIT as the Engineers' men's team topped the field of seven teams. Deveney recorded four "B"-cut times with wins in three individual events [200 IM (1:53.03), 400 IM (4:06.15) and 200 Back (1:51.33)] and a second-place finish in the 100 Back (52.11). Deveney was also a part of four winning relay teams. Deveney's times in both individual medley events broke old MIT team records, including the previous best time in the 200 IM posted by Marcos Fernandes in 1987.