November 22, 2009

MIT Women Swim Past Beavers and Polar Bears

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's swimming and diving team traveled to Brunswick, Maine, to face Bowdoin College and Babson College in a tri-meet last Saturday. The Engineers had no trouble with either team and easily downed both the Beavers (254-44) and host Polar Bears (203-96) to close out the fall head-to-head season.

MIT's women cruised to victory in thirteen of the sixteen events. Freshman Anna Kokensparger swam to three NCAA "B" cut times with her individiual wins in 100 yard freestyle (52.77), 200 yard individual medley (2:08.83) and 200 yard butterfly (2:07.96).

In the diving well, the Engineers pulled off a 1-2-3-4 sweep of both events. Senior Kristie D'Ambrosio led the way with wins at 1-meter (200.00) and 3-meter (216.50); classmate Lauren Cipicchio was runner-up in both. Beth Stavely and Elise Stave rounded out MIT's performance in 1-meter, while Stave and Diana LaScala-Gruenewald completed the sweep at 3-meter.

Bowdoin captured wins in three events. Allen Garner won the 1000 yard freestyle, Caitlin Callahan claimed the 100 yard breaststroke and Allison Palmer took the 50 free sprint.

Babson's best performers had fifth-place finishes, including Nikita Nadkarni in the 200 yard butterfly, Keira Yeager in the 200 breaststroke, and Nevart Varadian in 1-meter diving.

The Engineers hit the pool again once more before winter break as they host several teams, including Bowdoin, for the MIT Invitational on December 4-5. The Beavers will have a chance to rest before their next meet when they travel to Coast Guard on January 12.