February 11, 2013

No. 1 Men's Swimming & Diving Gearing up for NEWMACs

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. In the final College Swimming Coaches Associations of America (CSCAA) ranking that was released late last week, the MIT men's swimming and diving team remained first in the nation, a spot the Engineers have held since the last ranking on Dec. 13. The women's squad is now ranked seventh, after having been fifth in the previous ranking.

MIT closed the regular season last weekend at the two-day Wheaton Invite, returning home with a number of wins and impressive swims. On the men's side, freshman Dion Low (Valparaiso, Ind.) was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Swimmer of the Week after finishing in second place in the4 100-yard butterfly and third in the 100-yard backstroke. For the women, their best showing was in the 200-yard freestyle, where they took the first five spots, with senior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) leading the pack and touching first.

The Cardinal and Gray, who had a break from competition this past weekend, are busy preparing for the 2013 NEWMAC Swimming and Diving Championships that will take place at the Zesiger Center pool from Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 14-17. Both teams will be defending titles won in 2012, with the men gunning for their fifth straight title and the women working towards their third.

Different from years past, the championship will commence on Thursday night with the preliminary rounds of the men's 1-meter diving. Preliminary heats will start on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m., with consolation and championship heats taking place in the evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. The same format will hold for Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the championship will be sold at the door.