CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's women's swimming and diving team officially opened the 2013-14 season the same way it has started every season for the last decade: at the Charlie Batterman Relay Meet. This year's participants included Bentley University and Wheaton College. Tech took first place in each of the nine events, sometimes finishing as much 15 seconds ahead of the rest of the competition. The Engineers got the opportunity to swim in a lot of relays that do not exist in dual meets, such as the 1500-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard backstroke relay, gaining racing experience for the upcoming season, which will be in full swing in a matter of weeks.
MIT got off to a great start right from the beginning of the meet, taking first and second place in the 200-yard medley relay. The A relay, which was composed of senior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.), and sophomores Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.), Danielle Garside (Broomfield, Colo.) and Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.), touched in first place with its time of 1:48.73. The B relay of freshmen Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Emily Tsang (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), Teresa de Figueiredo (College Station, Texas) and junior Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.) finished in second in 1:51.37.
As it had started on a good note, the Cardinal and Gray also ended on a good note, taking first place in the final event of the day, the 200-yard breaststroke relay. With its time of 2:07.57, Cunningham, Tsang, senior Nora Darago (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Finney finished almost eight full seconds ahead of Wheaton's relay that touched in second place.
Overall, there were many impressive performances throughout the meet. Rogers was part of five first-place finishing relays: 200 medley, the 200-yard backstroke relay, the 400-yard freestyle relay, a time trial of that same relay, and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Yang, too, had a good meet, taking part in four victorious events: 200 medley, 500-yard freestyle relay, 400 free relay and 200 free relay.
MIT will return to action in exactly two weeks, swimming in its first dual meet of the season against Springfield College on the road on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1:00 p.m.