Strong Start to the 2012-13 Season for Women's Swimming and Diving Team

Junior Christy Rogers

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - With the official opening of the 2012-13 season came some exciting races and impressive performances by the MIT women's swimming and diving team when they hosted the Charlie Batterman Relays on Saturday afternoon. This year's participants included Bentley, Roger Williams and Wheaton. Like last year, the Engineers won every event and ended up taking second place as well in a lot of the events.

MIT started the day off strongly with a first and second place finish in the 200 medley relay. The A relay, which consisted of junior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.), freshmen Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.) and Katie Siegel (San Jose, Calif.) and senior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.), finished six seconds ahead of the crowd with a time of 1:48.55.

Siegel, Kokensparger and sophomore Taylor Pearl (Solon, Ohio) all made an impression at the meet. Siegel competed in the 200 medley, 200 back, 400 free and 200 free relays, all of which finished in first place. Kokensparger was part of the 200 medley, 200 fly, 400 free, 1500 free and 200 free relays, which also all reached the wall first. Pearl was in the 200 medley, 500 free, 400 free, 1500 free and 200 free relays, earning a pair of eight place finishes, a couple of fifths, a fourth and a second.

MIT will compete in its first dual meet of the season on Saturday, Nov. 10 when it faces NEWMAC foe Springfield at 1:00 p.m.