January 14, 2007

Tech Sweeps NEWMAC Foes Springfield and Coast Guard

Jan. 14, 2007

Complete Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT's dynamic combination of junior captain Doria Holbrook and freshman Lauren Cipicchio swept the diving events and the Engineers (7-1, 5-1 NEWMAC) grabbed the top three spots in the 200-yard individual medley on their way to toppling New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference foes Springfield College and the United States Coast Guard Academy on Sunday afternoon. Tech overcame defending NEWMAC champion Springfield, 176-124, and Coast Guard, 230-69.

The Pride (5-7, 3-1 NEWMAC) defeated the Bears (1-6, 1-5 NEWMAC), 181-118, in the day's other match-up.

Holbrook took the one-meter diving crown with a score of 241.55, while Cipicchio earned maximum points in the three-meter portion with a 295.00-point dive. Holbrook took second-place honors with a 268.60 score.

The 200-yard individual medley was another important event for the Cardinal and Gray, which saw Nicole O'Keeffe (2:17.59), Jen Chao (2:20.80) and Abby Clark (2:22.45) finish 1-2-3 to earn a significant chunk of points.

Senior captain Katherine Thornton was up to her usual tricks, swimming to individual victories in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:42.75) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:15.33) while also leading off the 400-yard free relay team along with Stephanie Sidelko, Ashley Pinchinat and Sasha Brophy, which earned a first-place finish with a time of 3:44.10.

Brophy earned an individual victory of her own in the 200-yard freestyle, touching the wall ahead of the competition at 1:58.83. Freshman Ellie Souganidis got in on the act by taking maximum points in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.35, while fellow first-year Priya Parayanthal finished just behind her by clocking in at 1:02.55.

The Institute's other first-place finish came in the 200-yard medley relay, as the team of Chao, O'Keeffe, Souganidis and Sidelko clocked in at 1:54.67, ahead of all competitors.

Head coach Dawn Gerken was pleased by how well her team performed, saying that "today's tri-meet was a competitive match-up that could have gone either way. We were fortunate to win a few close races, but the real key to our victory was depth," she added.

She concluded, "I am proud of how well we raced, but, more importantly, I am proud of the way the team supported one another."

Sophomore Moira Price was Springfield's top competitor, earning victories in both the 100-yard (1:08.99) and the 200-yard (2:29.79) breaststrokes. Senior Meaghan O'Hara touched the wall at 2:17.47 in the 200-yard backstroke to earn another first-place finish for the Pride.

Despite the losses, Coast Guard received an impressive performance from junior Joan Hunter, who won both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.

MIT will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 20, when it hosts Tufts University at 1:00 p.m. Springfield will hit the road on that same day to take on Williams College at 1:00 p.m., while Coast Guard travels to Babson on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 5:00 p.m.