Nov. 5, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT swimming and diving opened up the new season in strong fashion, taking first place out of four teams at the Batterman Relays. Scored separately, both the men's and women's units bettered a strong regional quad that included Tufts, WPI and host Wheaton College.
The women set the tone early by winning the first three events and never looking back. The team of Julianna Edwards, Kate Thornton, Kristen Felch and Sasha Brophy hung on in the 200 medley relay to clip the Jumpos with a mark of 1:55.13. Edwards led off with a solid leg in the backstroke, while the rookie Felch produced the event's fastest split in the fly.
Felch and Brophy also aided in the winning effort of the 500 free relay. Joined by Jolinta Lin and Jackee Nowickee, the Engineers outdistanced second-place Wheaton by 13 seconds en route to a time of 4:59.90.
Nabbing their third straight victory, the women's team sealed the win with a win in the 200 backstroke relay. Edwards picked up her second top finish of the day in the lead-off spot for MIT, while Jen Chao, Nicole O'Keeffe and Jen-Jen La'O rounded out the unit. O'Keeffe, another rookie, spirited the victory with the event's quickest split (27.72) while La'O anchored strong to hold off a charging Michelle Caswell of Tufts University.
The men's team didn't score as heavily as their counterparts, but swam well enough for an opening-day win. The 500 free relay got the Engineers cooking as Josiah Rosmarin made up a two-second deficit to rally MIT in the final leg. Touching the wall in 4:22.80, Sofra Spasojevic, Michael Dimitriou and Kalvin Kao helped carry a lineup laden with experience.
The Cardinal and Gray picked up one other win on the men's side in the 200 breast relay. Matt Angle provided the late heroics from the anchor spot this time, but Jeremy Chang, Barry Revzin and Matt Petersen had the Engineers swapping the lead with Tufts throughout the battle. In the end, MIT out-touched the Jumbos 1:57.65-1:57.78.
MIT swept the diving on both sides to ensure the victory.
The women's team had a fourth win later on day with a three-person team in the 1500 free relay. Kate Thornton swam as strong as she did all last season to lead the charge, while O'Keeffe and La'O solidified a group that was too strong for the rest of the field. MIT finished the race in 16:17.92, nearly one minute ahead of second-place Tufts.