CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's sixth-ranked women's swimming and diving team turned in a solid performance on Day 1 of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships this evening. The host Engineers won three events, including a pair of relays, that enabled MIT to build a 323-256 edge over Springfield College entering tomorrow's second day of competition.
Springfield edged out MIT by just 0.32 seconds in the opening 200 Free Relay race. The MIT team of sophomore Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.), freshman Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.), junior Elina Hu (Oshkosh, Wis.) and senior Amy Jacobi (Cranbury, N.J.) turned in an NCAA B cut time of 1:35.58.
Freshman Emily Ryan (Indianapolis, Ind.) was spectacular in the women's 500 Free, setting a meet and school record with her effort of 4:54.81, which was also an NCAA B cut in winning the race. Junior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) broke her own meet record in taking the 200 IM, coming home in 2:04.57, which was also an NCAA A cut. Sophomore Katelyn Rossick (Middletown, Md.) was second, turning in an NCAA B cut time of 2:07.62. Rogers was the top finisher for the Engineers in the 50 Free, coming in third.
MIT closed out the evening with a win in the 400 Medley Relay. The team of Rogers, sophomore Calley Murphy (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Kokensparger and Hu took their title in a school record and NCAA B cut time of 3:50.88.