January 19, 2010

Scodel Earns NEWMAC Honors as Women’s Swimming and Diving Defeats Springfield, Coast Guard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - On Sunday, the MIT women's swimming and diving team competed against New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opponents Springfield College and Coast Guard Academy. When the waves settled, it was the Engineers who came out on top in both match-ups, defeating Springfield 167-133 and Coast Guard 183-117. The win over Springfield marked the first time that MIT beat the defending-NEWMAC-champion Pride since the 2006-07 season.

Freshman Sarah Scodel had an outstanding meet for the Engineers. She was part of MIT's winning 200 Medley Relay (1:53.14) and went on to win the 200 Back (2:14.41), 100 Fly (1:01.93) and 200 Fly (2:14.46). Coupled with her four swims on Saturday, including two individual wins, Scodel's efforts earned her NEWMAC Swimmer of the Week honors.

Another MIT standout, junior Amy Jacobi proved her versatility in the pool, as the sprinter picked up a win in the 200 Free (1:57.47) and finished second in the 500 Free (5:17.33).

MIT swims on the road this week when the team travels to Medford, Mass. to face Tufts University on Saturday, January 23. Spectators should note that diving competition will take place at MIT's home pool in the Zesiger Center.