Women’s Swimming Defeats Wellesley

WELESLEY, Mass. – In the first dual meet outing of the season for the MIT women's swimming and diving team, the Engineers won 10 of 16 events, including both relays, to defeat Wellesley College by a 187-113 score. MIT is now 1-0 for the 2011-12 season, while Wellesley suffered its first defeat of the year and fell to 2-1.

Four Engineers won a pair of events each to lead the squad to its first dual meet victory of the season. Junior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) took home a win in the 200 Fly, touching in 2:09.31, before capturing the 200 IM in 2:10.38. Fellow junior Elina Hu (Oshkosh, Wis.) was victorious in the 50 Free with a time of 25.18 before finishing in a dead heat with freshman Eann Tuan (Richardson, Texas) in the 100 Free in 55.24.

Tuan was another of the multiple winners for MIT, also taking the 100 Back event in a time of 1:00.73. Joining the multiple winners list was sophomore Katelyn Rossick (Middletown, Md.) who was victorious in the 200 Free with an effort of 2:00.40 and in the 200 Back, touching the wall in that event in 2:12.32.

Sophomore Sarah Weiss (Edina, Minn.) was MIT's other individual winner, taking the 1,000 Free with a time of 11:04.74.

In the relays the 200 Medley Relay team of Tuan, sophomore Calley Murphy  (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Kokensparger and Hu won by over five seconds over a team from the Blue with a clocking of 1:49.72. In the 200 Free Relay the Engineer's team of Murphy, freshman Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.), Tuan and Hu won with a time of 1:40.85.

Highlighting the meet for Wellesley was freshman Kendra Waters (Stratham, N.H.) who was the only double winner for the Blue in swimming events, taking home wins in both breaststroke distances. She captured the 100 in 1:10.18 and the 200 in 2:34.21. Sophomore Hayley Goydan (Chester, N.J.) won both the 1 and 3-meter diving events for Wellesley, with MIT junior Elise Stave (Chapel Hill, N.C.) taking second in both events.

MIT's will be back in action this weekend when it travels to Maine for a meet with host Bowdoin and Babson at 1:00 p.m. Wellesley returns to action on Saturday as well, traveling to Simmons for a 1:00 p.m. meet.