Jan. 14, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT swimming and diving kicked off the stretch run of its dual season with a complete sweep over Brandeis University and Colby College. The win over Colby was especially satisfying for the women's team, as the Mules finished seventh at the 2005 NCAA Championships.
Depth was the key to MIT's success on Saturday, especially on the women's side where five different competitors combined for seven event victories. Sophomore Doria Holbrook scored wins in both diving events and performed a new dive in the tri-meet, a forward tuck, three and one-half on the three-meter board. With a degree of difficulty at 2.8, Holbrook is one of a very small number of Division III divers to execute the dive. She won the event with an NCAA-qualifying score of 273.40.
Freshman Kristen Felch was the Engineers' only other dual winner, taking first place in both butterfly events. Other MIT wins went to Nicole O'Keeffe in the 1000 free, Kate Thornton in the 500 free and Sasha Brophy in the 200 free. The women downed Colby 159.5-138.5, while defeating Brandeis, 226-71.
The men also swept the meet, defeating Brandeis 186-97 and Colby, 163.5-124.5. Josiah Rosmarin paced Tech's attack with wins in the 100 and 200 free. He was also on the winning 400 free relay, while he just missed a third individual win in the 500.
"After a week of long course double sessions, both teams raced hard and finished their races well," said head coach Dawn Gerken. "It was an encouraging performance, and hopefully something we can build on for the rest of the season."
The Engineers are back in action tomorrow at Springfield College.