MIT's 800 Free Relay Finishes in 8th on Day 3 of NCAAs

Sophomore Sarah Osmulski

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Sophomore Sarah Osmulski (Rumson, N.J.) and senior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) represented the MIT women's swimming and diving team at the finals of the 2014 NCAA Championships on Friday evening. Tech has now moved up one place to sit in 9th with its 93.5 points.

Osmulski made an impressive 22-place jump in the 200-yard butterfly in prelims, going from 29th to seventh with her time of 2:04.91. Swimming in an NCAA championship final for the first time in her career, she finished in eighth place with her time of 2:06.18, earning a spot on the podium.

Rogers broke her own MIT record in the 100-yard backstroke this morning, touching the wall in 56.06 to settle in 10th place in the consolation final. That night, she came in third place in her heat, breaking her record for the second time today with her time of 55.95. She tied for 11th overall, adding 5.5 points to the Engineers' score. MIT's eighth-seeded 800-yard freestyle relay closed the evening by taking eighth place with its time of 7:31.82.

During the morning session, freshman Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) tied for 17th in the 100 back with a 56.79 and had to partake in a swim off to determine the alternate. Although she touched in second, she improved her time to a 56.29. Sophomore Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.) swam a 1:05.97 in the 100-yard breaststroke to take 28th.

The fourth and final day of the 2014 NCAA Championships will begin at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow with the swimming of the 1650-yard freestyle.