January 24, 2014

Cardinal and Gray Defeated by Williams' Ephs

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - At its first away meet in two months and its second to last dual meet of the 2013-14 season, the MIT women's swimming and diving team were defeated by Williams College by a score of 192-97 on Friday evening. Sophomore Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) led the Engineers with her win in the 50-yard freestyle, while the 200-yard freestyle A relay ended the meet on a strong note with a first place finish.

To start the evening, MIT's 200-yard medley A relay came in second place with its time of 1:50.95, finishing close behind the Ephs' A relay with its time of 1:48.00. Tech's relay, which was made up of senior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.), freshman Emily Tsang (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), sophomore Danielle Garside (Broomfield, Colo.) and Yang, finished just over a tenth of a second ahead of Williams' B relay. The Engineers' B relay touched in fourth with a 1:51.49.

In the 1650-yard freestyle, junior Emmie Ryan (Avon, Ind.) came in fourth place in 18:03.35, finishing almost 30 seconds ahead of the fifth place finisher from Williams. Junior Georgia Van de Zande (Raleigh, N.C.) was sixth with an 18:50.05 and senior Sarah Weiss (Edina, Minn.) touched in seventh place with a time of 18:52.25. Senior Joanna Yeh (Frederick, Md.) was the first of the Engineers to complete the 200-yard freestyle, coming in second with a 1:57.07. Sophomores Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.) and Katherine Yu (San Jose, Calif.) were fourth and fifth with times of 1:59.46 and 1:59.79. Ryan came in sixth in 1:59.90.

Junior Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.10, while sophomore Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.) took second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:08.07. Rogers touched in fourth in 1:08.38. In the 50 free, Yang came into the wall with a 24.27, out-touching Faye Sultan of Williams with her 24.37. Junior Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.) was third in 25.33, Guo came in fourth with a 25.35 and freshman Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) came sixth in 25.41. A few short events later, the tides were turned and Sultan touched in first in the 100-yard freestyle with a 53.03, with Yang coming in second with a 53.41.

On the 1-meter diving board, senior Jessica Wass (Bismarck, N.D.) was second with a score of 216.00. Later on in the evening, she placed third on the 3-meter board with a score of 221.78, earning points towards the Engineers' final score on both boards.

Rogers claimed second in the 200-yard backstroke with her time of 2:07.33 and, in the 200-yard breaststroke, freshman Teresa de Figueiredo (College Station, Texas) led a group of four MIT swimmers with her fourth place finishing time of 2:28.50. Tsang came in fifth in 2:31.18, sophomore Sydney Hodges (Richmond, Texas) came in sixth in 2:31.25 and freshman Tammy Tai (Sunnyvale, Calif.) was seventh in 2:33.13. Tai went on to finish in third place in the 400-yard Individual Medley with a 4:40.04 and was followed a few short seconds later by junior Taylor Pearl (Solon, Ohio) with a 4:43.59.

MIT dominated the final event, the 200 free relay, taking the top three spots. The A relay came first with a 1:38.42, the B relay followed in second in 1:41.33 and the C relay was third in 1:43.83.

Tech will return to the water tomorrow for Senior Day when it hosts Amherst College at 1:00 p.m. This is both the Engineers' last home meet and its final dual meet of the season.