CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. 6 MIT women's swimming and diving team met non-conference opponent Colby College in a regular-season dual meet Saturday afternoon in the Zesiger Center Pool. While the Mules managed to pick up a few individual wins, the Engineers controlled the meet, winning 185-113.
Colby sophomore Mandy Ferguson picked up the Mules' first win with her swim in the 1000 Free (10:51.54); freshman Heather Cronin took second for Colby (10:58.78), narrowing the Engineers' lead to six points after two events.
MIT responded by posting three 1-2-3 sweeps in individual racing events, including a dramatic finish in the 100 Free. Freshman Elina Hu won the event (55.56), with juniors Katie Creasey (56.22) and Lauren Hernley (56.23) squeaking by Colby's fastest, Chelsea Heneghan (56.24) in fourth.
Freshman Kathryn Lee posted two additional wins for the Mules with her swims in the 200 Fly (2:13.36) and 400 IM (4:48.62). Ferguson led another Colby sweep late in the meet with her swim in the 500 Free (5:17.85); Heneghan (5:24.90) and Cronin (5:26.43) were close behind her.
In the diving well, MIT senior Kristie D'Ambrosio picked up wins and posted season-highs with her NCAA-national-qualifying scores in both 1-meter (256.26) and 3-meter (261.15) springboard.
Colby (2-3) has the rest of the weekend off and next travel to Lewiston, Mass. to swim against Bates College on January 23. MIT (5-0) looks forward to Sunday, January 17, when the Engineers face-off against the Bears of Coast Guard and the Pride of host Springfield College, winners of the last nine NEWMAC Championships.