February 8, 2014

Engineers Win Multiple Events at Wheaton Invitational

NORTON, Mass. - On the final day of the two-day, three-session, non-scoring Wheaton Invitational on Saturday, the No. 8 MIT women's swimming and diving team ended the day with multiple victories. Competing against NEWMAC rivals Wheaton College, Clark University and WPI, the Cardinal and Gray won all but one of the events throughout the day.

To start the meet off, Tech's 200-yard medley A relay was first with a time of 1:52.44. Made up of senior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.), junior Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.), and sophomores Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.) and Sarah Osmulski (Rumson, N.J.), the quartet finished almost two seconds ahead of Wheaton's A relay. MIT's C relay was third in 1:57.69, the B relay came in fifth with a 1:58.16 and the D relay was seventh with a time of 2:04.25.

Sophomore Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.) was the first of four Engineers to touch in the opening event, the 400-yard Individual Medley, coming in first place with a time of 4:47.89. She was followed by classmate Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) in second in 4:51.01, senior Chelsea Finn (Pleasanton, Calif.) in third with a 4:57.35 and freshman Madeleine Severance (Brookfield, Colo.) in fourth place in 4:59.37. In the 100-yard butterfly, Osmulski led the way with her time of 59.30 and was the only swimmer in that race to go under a minute. Freshman Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) was second with her 1:01.80 and Rogers came third in 1:01.99.

The 200-yard freestyle was a strong event for the Cardinal and Gray, who took the top six spots. Finishing in the top three were sophomore Katherine Yu (San Jose, Calif.) in first place with her 1:56.50, junior Emmie Ryan (Avon, Ind.) in second in 1:57.08 and freshman Tammy Tai (Sunnyvale, Calif.) in third with a time of 2:00.58. Tech's lone representative in the 100-yard breaststroke was freshman Teresa de Figueiredo (College Station, Texas), who touched first with a 1:11.20, finishing just six one-hundredths of a second ahead of the second place finisher.

Yu's second win of the day came in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 5:11.60. Osmulski followed in second place in 5:17.65, Guo came in third in 5:17.95 and senior Sarah Weiss (Edina, Minn.) touched in fourth place with a 5:36.43. Jedryka won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:08.32, while Ryan won the 100-yard freestyle with a 54.86. Engineers took third through 10th in that event, with Tai coming in third in 55.86 and freshmen Emily Tsang (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and Hannah Huynh (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) touching in fourth and fifth with times of 56.36 and 56.85. Rogers was first in the 200-yard breaststroke by over 14 seconds with a 2:29.59, while Huynh won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:16.53.

MIT's 400-yard freestyle A relay touched just a second ahead of Wheaton's A relay to take first with a time of 3:44.83. The B relay came third in 3:46.73.

It will only be a matter of days until MIT faces these same rivals again, this time at the NEWMAC Championships, which will take place at WPI from Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 20-23.