NORTON, Mass. - In the last competition of their regular season, MIT's nationally-ranked men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed in the two-day, non-scoring Wheaton Invitational hosted by Wheaton College last Saturday. Among the four-team field, the Engineers demonstrated their dominance and are poised to post impressive performances in the upcoming conference and national championships.
On the women's side, freshman Anna Kokensparger re-emerged as a force in the pool, winning three individual events: the 100 Back (1:01.31), 100 Free (53.81) and 500 Free (5:14.66). Kokensparger was also a part of the Cardinal and Gray's winning 200 Free Relay (1:41.12) along with Elina Hu, Nicole Wang, and Ashley Pinchinat. In addition, freshman Kathryn Greskoff posted a career best in the 100 Fly (1:03.70), good enough for third place.
In diving, Kristie D'Ambrosio posted a national-qualifying score in the 1-meter (400.10) in her first 11-dive competition of the season.
On both sides, MIT showed off its expertise in the 50 Free. Hu (25.55), Sydney Giblin (25.95) and Lauren Lo (26.01) completed a 1-2-3 sweep for the women, while Wyatt Ubellacker (22.08), Brett Boval (22.64) and Tony Chen (22.67) did the same on the men's side.
Tech's men also had a 1-2 finish in the 100 Breast, as senior Rastislav Racz (1:00.38) and freshman Brendan Deveney easily beat out their competition. Junior Toomas Sepp picked up MIT's other win, touching the wall first in the 100 Fly (52.27).
Later this month, both teams will participate in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships. The women hit the water first on February 19-21 when they travel to Wellesley College with intention of upending the nine-time defending-champion Pride of Springfield College. The following weekend, MIT's men hope to capture their second consecutive crown when they compete at Wheaton College on February 26-28. Both squads look forward to advancing a number of their swimmers to the NCAA D-III Championship in Minnesota next month.