Wellesley, Mass. – The MIT women's swimming and diving team kicked off their 2010 season with a rousing victory over Wellesley College on Wednesday evening. The Engineers cruised to a 1-0 record, knocking off the Blue by a 232-68 margin. MIT grabbed first place in each of the sixteen events, and also took second in thirteen of the competitions.
Although Tech's A team was disqualified in the first event, the 200 yard medley relay, the B team of Morganne Klein, Katie Creasey, Katalina Sher and Elina Hu stepped up and won the event (1:53.57), grabbing a big 11 points. That group also outdid everyone else in the 200 yard freestyle relay 1:41.56), with Anna Kokensparger replacing Creasey.
Morganne Klein went on to win two individual events on the evening, as did Joanna Yeh, who was victorious in the 100 yard freestyle (55.07) and butterfly (59.75). Katelyn Rossick was best in the 400 yard IM (4:42.87) and the 200 backstroke (2:11.17) for the Engineers.
Katalina Sher swam to victory in the 500 yard freestyle (5:23.26) and Lauren Lo won the 50 freestyle sprint in 25.54. Freshman Allie Hall was the distance winner for MIT, taking the 1,000 yard freestyle over Wellesley's Dana Dutton in 10:49.54.
Senior Beth Stavely won the 1 meter diving competition (233.02), with Elise Stave taking second for MIT (215.85). On the 3 meter board, the two reversed positions, with Stave besting Stavely, (224.70 to 219.30) while Mia Stevens pitched in a fourth place showing in each discipline for visiting MIT.
The Divers will be right back at it with a diving-only meet Friday night, while the entire Engineer squad will host a dual meet with Babson College and Bowdoin College. The meet will get underway at the Z-Center at 1:00 PM. Wellesley sees their 2010 record dip to 2-1, and will try to rebound on Saturday when they host Simmons College.