October 22, 2011

Swimming and Diving Open Strong at Batterman Relays

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A pair of school records and a number of event records fell this afternoon when the MIT swimming and diving teams opened the 2011-12 season by hosting the Charlie Batterman Relays. The Engineers won every race that was held, with Junior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) and junior Brendan Deveney (Newtown, Conn.) each breaking school marks in the 100 IM.

Kokensparger turned in a time of 1:00.19 on the leadoff leg of the victorious 400 IM relay to break her own record of 1:01.52. She was also a member of four other teams that brought home victories for the Engineers, the 200 MR, 200 Fly Relay, 400 IM relay, 200 Breaststroke Relay, 200 Free Relay; with the 200 Medley, 200 Fly, and 400 Medley relays all setting meet records.

Also setting meet record for the women were the 200 Back, 500 Free Crescendo and 1,500 Free relays. Freshman Emily Ryan (Indianapolis, Ind.) had a memorable start to her collegiate career, taking part in both the 500 Free Crescendo and 1,500 Free relays.

Like Kokensparger, Deveney set his mark on the leadoff leg of the 400 IM relay. He turned in a time of 53.33, bettering the oldest mark in the MIT record book, a 53.52 swam by Zac Lee in the 1997-98 season, and giving him all three IM records at MIT. Freshman Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) was on four victorious teams for the Engineers, the 500 Crescendo Relay, 200 Fly Relay, 400 IM Relay, and 200 Breaststroke Relay.

MIT also turned in an NCAA B cut time as well, with the team of senior Ryan TerBush (Smithtown, N.Y.), sophomore Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.), junior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.), and sophomore William Dunn (Weston, Mass.) turning in a 1:32.91 in the 200 Medley Relay.

Like the women, the men also set six event records. The Engineers posted meet records in the 200 Medley, 500 Free Crescendo, 400 IM, 1,500 Free, 200 Breast and 200 Free relays.

Both teams will be back in action next week when they host their Alumni Meets on October 29 at 12:00 p.m.