November 5, 2011

Swimming Dominates at New England Invitational

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. – It was an impressive showing for the MIT men's and women's swimming teams at the New England Invitational on Saturday. The Engineers showed impressive team depth at the meet, winning all but three individual events on the men's side and all but three individual and one relay on the women's side.

Junior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) had a solid day for the men, winning three individual events. He took both the 50 and 100 Butterfly races, breaking the pool record in the 50 Fly by nearly a second with his time of 22.48. He also took home the win in the 100 Freestyle, posting a 46.39.

Sophomore Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) was the only other multiple event winner for the men's team, taking both the 50 and 100 Breaststroke events. He won both events easily, taking the 50 Breast by over two seconds in 27.58 and the 100 by nearly three seconds with a 59.52. 

Freshman Emily Ryan (Indianapolis, Ind.) continued the strong start to her collegiate career, winning three races, breaking an MIT and two pool records as well as getting NCAA B cuts in a pair of events. She started with a win in the 200 Freestyle, setting a pool record with her time of 1:53.48 that was also a 'B' cut. She then took the 100 Free with a time of 53.83 and finished her trio of wins with another pool and 'B' cut mark in the 500 Free with an effort of 5:01.21, a time that also set a new Institute record. It was her second school record of the young season, joining the mark she set in the 1,000 Free last week at MIT's Alumni meet. 

Sophomore Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) was also victorious in three events for MIT. She brought home wins in the three different strokes, taking the 50 Breast (30.96), 50 Free (24.91), and the 100 Back (59.57). She also just missed the NCAA 'B' cut in the 100 Back on the leadoff leg of the 400 Medley Relay by just 0.4 seconds with a 58.84. Junior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) was also a multiple individual winner for the Engineers, taking wins in the 100 Fly with the only sub-minute mark at 58.11 and 200 IM with a time of 2:10.83.

Also turning in a fine individual performance was sophomore Nora Darago (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) Swimming in the mixed 200 Breast she was the top female finisher with a time of 2:31.89.

MIT's women's team will be in action next, taking on Wellesley College in their first dual meet of the season on Nov. 16 at Wellesley at 7:00 p.m. Both teams will swim against Bowdoin College and Babson College at Bowdoin on Nov. 19 at 1:00 p.m.