Engineers Cruise Past Jumbos

Sophomore Sarah Osmulski
Sophomore Sarah Osmulski

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT women's swimming and diving hosted Tufts University on Saturday, after switching the location of the meet following facility problems at the Jumbos' pool. Of the 16 events, MIT won all but two of them, ending the weekend with a 213-80 victory over Tufts.

Tech's divers started the weekend off right, competing on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards on Friday, wrapping up the day with 22 points compared to Tufts' nine. MIT took the top two spots on 1-meter, with sophomore Grace Connors (Bronxville, N.Y.) leading the way with a score of 292.87 and senior Jessica Wass (Bismarck, N.D.) coming in second place with 264.07, both earning zone-qualifying scores. On 3-meter, Wass easily won with her 281.32, leaving a gap of over 50 points between her and the second place finisher.

At the swimming portion of the meet on Saturday, The Engineers kick-started the day by taking first through third in the 200-yard medley relay. MIT's A relay, which was made up of senior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.), freshman Emily Tsang (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), andsophomores Danielle Garside (Broomfield, Colo.) and Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.), touched in first with a time of 1:50.25. Touching just hundredths of a second apart in second and third were the B and C relays, which finished with times of 1:54.47 and 1:54.52 respectively.

Junior Emmie Ryan (Avon, Ind.) traded in distance for a slightly shorter event, winning the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:56.72, and was followed soon after by senior Joanna Yeh (Frederick, Md.) in second place in 1:57.17. Ryan later also won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:11.88, leaving a gap of almost 12 seconds between her and the second place finisher from Tufts. In the 50-yard freestyle, Yang came into the wall first with her time of 24.72, fellow sophomore Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.) was second in 25.27 and junior Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.) touched in third in 25.46. Not long after this event, Yang had her second individual win of the day, this time in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing with a 53.46. Rogers came in second with a 54.00 and Yeh was third in 54.22.

MIT did very well in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard butterfly, taking the top four spots in both events. In the 100 back, Rogers was first in 58.35, junior Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) was second in 1:00.73, sophomore Katherine Yu (San Jose, Calif.) was third in 1:01.87 and Garside was fourth with a 1:02.63. In the 200 fly, sophomore Sarah Osmulski (Rumson, N.J.) led the charge with a 2:12.46, and was followed by freshmen Teresa de Figueiredo (College Station, Texas) in second in 2:13.35, Hannah Huynh (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) in third place with a 2:16.31 and Madeleine Severance (Brookfield, Wis.) in fourth with a time of 2:16.45.

Leading a group of five Engineers in the 200-yard backstroke was freshman Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Va.) with her time of 2:09.38. He was second in 2:10.86, Yu was third with a 2:14.74, junior Taylor Pearl (Solon, Ohio) came in fourth with a 2:16.39 and Garside touched in fifth place in 2:17.17. MIT also took first through fifth in the 100-yard butterfly. Guo was first and was the only swimmer in the event to go under a minute with her time of 59.62. Osmulski came in second in 1:00.15, de Figueiredo touched in third place with a 1:00.27, Garside came in fourth with a time of 1:01.04 and Yang was fifth in 1:01.70. Tsang won the 200-yard breaststroke by almost three full seconds in 2:28.13.

Freshman Tammy Tai (Sunnyvale, Calif.) won the 200-yard Individual Medley in 2:13.21 and was followed by Tsang in second with a 2:15.47 and Pearl in third place with a time of 2:17.95. In the final event of the afternoon, the 400-yard freestyle relay,  MIT's A relay touched in first with a 3:37.99, the B relay came in second with a 3:42.90, and the C relay was third in 3:46.33.

MIT will be on the road on Friday, Jan. 24 when it faces Williams College at 4:00 p.m. The following day, Saturday, Jan. 25, the Cardinal and Gray will return home to host Amherst College at 1:00 p.m.