#6 Women’s Swimming Squeaks by Tufts

Cambridge, Mass. – The #6 ranked MIT women's swimming team got a good scare from the Tufts University Jumbos, but was able to stay perfect for the regular season. The Engineers escaped their final home meet of the year, celebrating senior day with a 161-149 victory.

MIT and Tufts were neck and neck entering the final event - the 200 freestyle relay, but the Engineers grabbed first and third place to secure the victory.  Nicole Wang, Christy Rogers, Joanna Yeh and Anna Kokensparger won the event in 1:39.51 and claimed the 11 points that put MIT over the top.

Each swimmer also helped out with an individual event victory. Yeh took the 200 freestyle in 1:58.9, and Kokensparger grabbed the 200 butterfly in 2:13.60. Wang sprinted to a 25.96 second victory in the 50 freestyle, and Rogers took 1:08.92 to win the 100 yard breaststroke.

Freshman Katelyn Rossick pitched in with three big event victories for the Engineers. The Middletown, Maryland native won the 100 yard backstroke (1:03.15), 200 yard backstroke (2:14.85), and the penultimate event, the 200 IM, in 2:12.58.

Tufts senior tri-captain Megan Kono won two events at the meet, among six Jumbo victories overall. She was a 17:59.20 winner in the 1,650 freestyle, winning by 27 and a half seconds. In the 500, she won comfortably again with a 5:12.29 time. Tufts also took the top three spots in the 100 yard butterfly.

In one-meter diving, Tufts first year Sami Bloom dueled with MIT senior Beth Stavely and Stavely got the better of her with a 284.50 score. The two went at it again in three-meter, with Stavely earning another victory (318.90) and her second NCAA cut of the day.

Rogers, Yeh, Kokensparger and Calley Murphy started the meet off by winning the 200 yard medley relay in 1:50.09.

The Engineers will travel to Amherst College for a meet next Saturday with the Lord Jeffs. Tech will take to the pool at 1:00 PM. The Jumbos, now 3-4 in dual meets this year, will head into their own Senior Day meet next Saturday against Wheaton.