December 3, 2011

MIT Impressive at MIT Winter Invitational

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After some time away from home the MIT swimming and diving teams returned to the Zesiger Center pool this weekend, hosting the MIT Winter Invitational. The Engineers turned in some impressive performances in their home pool as three school records were broken and numerous NCAA cuts were achieved. The men's team tallied 15 wins in the 18 swimming events, while the women's squad was victorious 16 times.

Leading the way with three individual wins was sophomore Colby Dunn (Weston, Mass.). He began the weekend on Friday night with a win in the 50 Free, touching the wall in 20.68. On Saturday he completed the sweep of the freestyle events, taking the 200 in 1:39.37 and the 100 in 45.29. All of his winning times were NCAA B cuts.

Sophomore Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) was the other multiple winner for the Engineers, continuing his impressive season in the breaststroke events with wins in the 100 and 200, bettering the NCAA B cut standard in both. In the 100 he was first to the wall in 56.96, just 0.94 seconds away from the A cut. In the 200 he bettered the field with his 2:03.98.

Junior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) achieved an NCAA A cut in his victory in the 100 Fly, a 48.74 effort that bested the field by nearly two seconds.

Sophomore Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) had a record breaking night as she broke Institute records in three events and won three events as well. Her first victory came in the 50 Free, taking the win in 24.27. Her first school record came on the leadoff leg of the 200 Medley Relay, a 50 Back leg that she completed in a record time of 26.91. She then completed a sweep of the individual backstroke events, winning both in record times. In the 100 she came home in 57.03 and in the 200 she turned in a 2:05.43. All three records she set she bettered her own marks, with her 100 and 200 time also meeting NCAA B cut standards.

Junior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) turned in another outstanding performance for the women's team, winning three events and coming up with an NCAA A cut in the 200 IM. In that event she came home in 2:05.04, just bettering the A cut mark by 0.03 seconds. She also took home wins in the 100 Fly in 57.47 and in the 200 Fly, turning in a 2:07.10, with both bettering the NCAA B cut standard.

Sophomore Morganne Klein (Campbell Hall, N.Y.) was a double winner for MIT, taking both of the breaststroke events. She started with a victory in the 100 Breast in 1:06.83, and then completed the sweep with a 2:25.84 in the 200. Also a double winner for the Engineers was freshman Emily Ryan (Indianapolis, Ind.). Her first triumph came in the 500 Free, in which she turned in an NCAA B time of 5:03.23. She then came back in the 200 Free, coming away with the win in 1:55.96.

MIT's relays were also in top form in the meet, picking up victories in nine of 10 events. For the men the 200 and 400 Free as well as the 200 and 400 Medley relays turned in NCAA B cut times. On the women's side the 200 Free and 200 and 400 Medley relay teams also turned in NCAA B Cut performances.

In all, the MIT teams turned in their most impressive efforts of the season, totaling a pair of NCAA A cuts and an impressive 33 B cut times.

Both teams will be back in action after the first of the year, hosting Colby College in a dual meet on January 14 starting at 3:30 p.m.