MIT Wins against Amherst at Final Home Meet of the Season
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - At its final dual meet and last home meet of the 2013-14 season, the MIT women's swimming and diving team defeated Amherst College by a score of 158-129. Four different Engineers finished in first place in their specific events, while senior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) and sophomore Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) won both of their events throughout the day. This is only the third time in program history that the Cardinal and Gray have defeated the Lord Jeffs, the last time being during the 2011-12 season.
Tech started the meet off with a lead, coming in first, third and fifth place in the 200-yard medley relay, earning 13 points compared to Amherst's four. Both teams' A relays battled it out right from the start, staying within hundredths of a second of each other the entire time. Rogers got ahead on the backstroke leg, allowing for sophomores Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.) and Danielle Garside (Broomfield, Colo.) to maintain a slight edge over the Lord Jeffs. Yang held on to the lead, splitting a 23.83 to touch in first with a time of 1:48.42, dropping over two seconds off their time from last night's meet against Williams. Amherst came into the wall soon after in 1:48.70 and MIT's B relay followed in 1:51.32.
Junior Taylor Pearl (Solon, Ohio) was the fastest Engineer in the 1000-yard freestyle, touching in third place with an 11:08.64. Senior Sarah Weiss (Edina, Minn.) took fourth in 11:18.87 and junior Georgia Van de Zande (Raleigh, N.C.) was fifth with a time of 11:30.32. In the 200-yard freestyle, senior Joanna Yeh (Frederick, Md.) led the way with her time of 1:56.74 and was followed by sophomore Katherine Yu (San Jose, Calif.) in third with a 1:57.56, junior Emmie Ryan (Avon, Ind.) in fourth place with a 1:57.87 and freshman Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) in fifth in 1:58.27.
MIT took first and second place in the 100-yard backstroke, with Rogers leading the way with her 57.83 and junior Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) coming in second with a 59.78. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Finney was second in 1:07.89 and junior Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.) took fourth in 1:09.95, while, in the 200-yard butterfly, sophomore Sarah Osmulski (Rumson, N.J.) touched in second place with a 2:11.64. As she did last night, Yang was first in the 50-yard freestyle, touching with a time of 24.33. Jedryka followed in second place with a 24.97. A few events later, Yang also won the 100-yard freestyle, touching with a time of 53.49, and was followed a few tenths of a second later by Yeh in second with her time of 53.99.
On the other side of the bulkhead, senior Jessica Wass (Bismarck, N.D.) finished in second place on both the 1-meter and the 3-meter diving boards. On 1-meter, she ended up with a score of 196.35, while, on 3-meter, she earned a score of 218.47.
Rogers won her second event of the day, the 200-yard backstroke, with a time of 2:06.11, going over a second faster than she did last night. He was second in 2:09.25 and Yu came in third place with a time of 2:10.53. In the 200-yard breaststroke, freshman Teresa de Figueiredo (College Station, Texas) touched in second with a 2:27.87, while classmate Emily Tsang (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) was third in 2:29.38.
Sophomore Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.) led the way for a group of four Engineers in the 100-yard butterfly, touching in second with a time of 59.65. Yeh came third in 59.68, Osmulski was fourth in 1:00.68 and Garside touched in fifth with a 1:00.72. Freshman Tammy Tai (Sunnyvale, Calif.) took second in the 200-yard Individual Medley in 2:14.05, while He was third in 2:14.59 and Tsang was fourth with a 2:15.06. Jedryka took third in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:14.43, touching over three seconds ahead of the fourth place finisher.
MIT ended the day just as it had started it: with a win in a relay. The Engineers' 400-yard freestyle A relay touched first with a time of 3:35.70, almost four full seconds ahead of Amherst's A relay. Tech's B relay was third in 3:39.98 and the C relay came in fourth in 3:45.89.
Next up for the Engineers will be the Wheaton Invitational, which will take place from Friday through Saturday, Feb. 7-8. The next time MIT will race after that will be at the NEWMAC Championships, set to take place from Thursday, Feb. 20 through Sunday, Feb. 23 at WPI.