NORTON, Mass. – With the championship competitions just weeks away, the MIT men's and women's swimming and diving teams attended the Wheaton Invite on Saturday to get some competitive swimming and plenty of time-trials in against other local schools. The non-team scoring competition featured the Engineers against NEWMAC rivals Wheaton and Clark, as well as the Jumbos of Tufts University.
Notable performances for the Engineers included those of two MIT seniors. Toomas Seep won the 100 yard butterfly with an NCAA B Cut time of 50.98. He was also the runner up in the 100 yard breaststroke, in a time of 1:01.79.
On the diving board, senior Beth Stavely took first place on 11 dives and twice posted scores qualifying her for NCAA competition. She won the 1 meter competition with a score of 420.97 and then first on the 3 meter board, at 465.70.
Youngsters also did well for the Engineers, as sophomore Kathryn Greskoff and freshman Sarah Weiss took second and third in the 200 yard butterfly. Greskoff's time was 2:20.42, while Weiss touched the wall in 2:22.45. Freshman Remy Mock took the men's 200 fly in a time of 1:55.49.
The Engineers found themselves in second place in both the men's and women's 50 yard freestyle. Sophomore Tony Chen finished the event in a time of 21.83, while Joanna Yeh's time of 25.26 was just.04 slower than the first place finisher. Yeh would win an event on the day, taking first in the 100 yard freestyle in 54.72.
Engineer junior Andrew Pierson needed 1:45.11 to win the 200 yard free, while freshman Nora Darago took second in the women's 200 yard breaststroke in a time of 2:34.78. Anna Kokensparger and Elina Hu took first and second, respectively, in the woman's 100 yard backstroke, while Hu was also runner up to freshman Katelyn Rossick in the 100 yard butterfly.
The most consistent showing for the men probably came in the 500 yard freestyle in which they took the top four spots. Sophomore Max Pruner's time of 4:49.41 led the group of Engineers, which also included freshman Scott Stevens, Mock, and Pierson.
The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) will host the women's swimming and diving championships February 18th-20th at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. The men's tournament will be the following weekend, February 25th-27th at MIT.