November 23, 2013

MIT Cruises past Babson and Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, Maine - After defeating Wellesley College in a close meet yesterday evening, the MIT women's swimming and diving team won against host Bowdoin College, 194-93, and New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Babson College, 233-49, on Saturday afternoon, winning 12 of the 16 events. Tech has picked up two victories at the annual tri-meet each year since the 2009-10 season. Senior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) and freshman Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) each won two individual events apiece, while also being part of a winning relay.

Rogers had a busy day, winning the 50-yard freestyle in 24.74 and the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:09.10, and leading off the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in second place at the end of the meet. Jedryka, too, had a strong meet, taking first in both the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard freestyle with times of 59.44 and 54.11 respectively, while also being part of the 400 free relay.

MIT's 200-yard medley A relay, which was made up of Rogers, sophomores Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.) and Danielle Garside (Broomfield, Colo.), and Jedryka touched in first place with a time of 1:49.60, exactly a second ahead of Bowdoin's A relay.

Tech took first through third place in the 1000-yard freestyle, with sophomore Katherine Yu (San Jose, Calif.) leading the way with a 10:59.82. Classmate Sarah Wilson (Westerville, Ohio) followed in second place in 11:26.61 and senior Sarah Weiss (Edina, Minn.) touched in third place with an 11:34.40. Throughout the afternoon, the Engineers claimed first, second and third place in three other events; the 200-yard freestyle, the 200-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly.

Junior Emmie Ryan (Avon, Ind.) finished eight seconds ahead of the competition in the 500-yard freestyle, taking first in 5:18.04. On the 1-meter board, senior Jessica Wass (Bismarck, N.D.) finished in third place with a final score of 216.75. She came back later in the day to take second place on the 3-meter board with a score of 187.95.

Freshman Emily Tsang (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) finished first in the 200-yard Individual Medley by four seconds with her time of 2:14.21. To end the day, Tech's 400 free A relay, which was composed of sophomores Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.) and Sarah Osmulski (Rumson, N.J.), Yu and senior Joanna Yeh (Frederick, Md.), came in first place with a time of 3:39.80.

MIT will return to the water on Saturday, Dec. 6 when it hosts the MIT Winter Invitational, which will run through Sunday, Dec. 7. The Engineers will welcome a handful of other schools to the Zesiger Center Pool for this highly competitive three-session meet.