January 4, 2012

Women’s Swimming Second at Bradenton Invitational

BRADENTON, Fla. – Taking part in a four-event meet that was held in a 50-meter pool and scored using an invitational format, the MIT women's swimming team took on a squad from the State University of New York at New Paltz as part of its winter training trip in Florida on Wednesday. When the final numbers were calculated the Engineers finished second to the Hawks by a 211-109 score.

Sophomore Katelyn Rossick (Middletown, Md.) had a strong showing for the Engineers, posting top-10 finishes in all four events. Her top finish was a third in the 50 Back with a time of 36.90. Freshman Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) was close behind in fourth, touching home in 37.10. Senior Qing Li (Shoreham, N.Y.) was also in the top-10 for MIT.

Junior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) also had a strong day for the Engineers, winning one race and finishing sixth in another. She picked up her victory in the 50 Breast, putting up a time of 40.20. Rossick was fourth in that race with her time of 41.80, with sophomore Chelsea Finn (Pleasanton, Calif.) also getting a top-10 finish.

Kokensparger and Rossick were also the top two finishers for MIT in the 50 Fly, with Kokensparger taking sixth with a time of 34.80 and Rossick right behind in seventh with her clocking of 35.00.

Rossick completed her day as the top MIT finisher in the 50 Free, coming in sixth in 32.20. Freshman Georgia Van de Zande (Raleigh, N.C.) was the next Engineer to finish, placing eighth with a time of 32.30. Kokensparger and freshman Daphne Sun (East Windsor, N.J.) rounded out the top-10 in the race.

MIT will return to dual meet action when it hosts Colby College on January 14 starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Zesiger Center pool.