AMHERST, Mass. - On Saturday afternoon, the MIT women's swimming and diving team traveled to Amherst, Mass. to face Amherst College, a meet that was sure to be exciting. Last year, it came down to the last relay, but MIT was ultimately victorious after touching four one-hundredths of a second ahead of Amherst. This year, in an aggressive, back-and-forth meet, the No. 5 nationally-ranked Engineers fell to the No. 13 Lord Jeffs, 169-129.
The 200 yard medley A relay, which consisted of senior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) and freshmen Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.), Katie Siegel (San Jose, Calif.) and Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.), got things started off on the right foot. They came in first with a time of 1:47.89, out-touching Amherst's A relay by just over half a second. Freshman Kate Yu (San Jose, Calif.) had a strong showing in the 1000 yard freestyle, finishing less than half a second behind Audrey Ingerson and turning in a time of 10:30.30.
MIT performed well in the 100 yard backstroke, taking first through third place. Siegel touched first in 58.59, sophomore Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) came in second with a time of 59.57 and sophomore Eann Tuan (Richardson, Texas) was third with a time of 59.99. In the 100 yard breaststroke, Rogers touched in second place with a time of 1:08.07 and Finney came third in 1:08.43.
Yang continued to swim well throughout the rest of the meet, finishing well in both the 50 yard freestyle and the 100 yard freestyle. In the 50 free, she touched second with a time of 24.48, while senior Elina Hu (Oshkosh, Wis.) was third with a time of 24.51. In the 100 free, Yang out-touched Amherst's Katie Vincent by a tenth of a second, winning in a time of 53.71. Siegel came fourth with a time of 54.06.
In the one meter diving portion of the afternoon, senior Elise Stave (Chapel Hill, N.C.) finished highest for MIT in second place with a score of 241.58. Freshman Grace Connors (Bronxville, N.Y.) came third with 207.75 and junior Jessica Wass (Bismarck, N.D.) was fourth with a score of 173.25. In three meter, Stave finished second again with 227.55, Connors was third again with 206.10 and freshman Kat Stone (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) was fourth with a score of 129.52.
Rogers won her first individual event of the day, going 2:06.90 in the 200 yard backstroke. He was not far behind, finishing in second place in 2:08.45.
MIT had a handful of strong finishes in the following events; senior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) touched third in the 200 yard breaststroke in 2:28.92, freshman Sydney Hodges (Richmond, Texas) was fifth with a time of 2:32.00 and Finney was sixth with a time of 2:37.43. Yu finished third in the 500 yard freestyle in 5:13.73 and was followed by junior Sarah Weiss (Edina, Minn.) and sophomore Taylor Pearl (Solon, Ohio) in fifth and sixth place respectively. In the 200 yard Individual Medley, junior Katelyn Rossick (Middletown, Md.) was second with a time of 2:12.58 and He was third with a time of 2:12.59.
In the final event of the afternoon, the 400 yard freestyle relay, the Engineers came in second and third place with times of 3:34.01 and 3:39.97.
MIT will participate in the Wheaton Invitational next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2. This will be the final meet that the Engineers will take part in until the NEWMAC Championship on Feb. 14-17.