January 16, 2005
MIT Swimming and Diving Sweeps Springfield
Jan. 16, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A day after escaping Brandeis with a hard-fought win, MIT swimming and diving bested its most dangerous conference foe and regional power, Springfield College, with victories on both the men's and women's side. The men improved to 6-1 on the season with a 166-132 victory, while the women held off the charging Pride, 157-143, to remain undefeated at 8-0.
Springfield traveled to MIT after battling NYU in a difficult meet on Saturday. Both teams risked entering the tilt sluggish, but the Engineers bounced back from Saturday's meet en route to one of its best efforts of the campaign. Things typically go well when Katherine Thornton spots MIT points in the 1650 free, and she did it again with a winning clip of 17:49.18.
Freshmen Julianna Edwards and Sasha Brophy scored three individual wins a piece to lead the MIT women past the Pride. Brophy swept the 50, 100 and 200 free, while Edwards won both backstroke events and the 100 fly. MIT was ahead 144-99, before the Pride made a late rally to close the gap. Most of Springfield's firepower came from the diving well, where Dana Allen and Andrea Babcock powered to national cuts and a one-two sweep on both the one and three-meter events.
Springfield's men also shined on the board, securing one national cut in the one-meter and two NCAA marks in the three-meter. Junior Mike Shaw picked up the win on the one-meter, while rookie Ben Casavant edged Shaw in the three-meter. Ultimately, MIT had too much depth for Springfield in the swimming, taking 1-2-3 sweeps in the 100 free and 200 breast. Craig Edwards paced the sweep in the free, while also securing first place in the 100 back. Jonathan Varsanik was also a dual winner for Tech, winning the 50 free and 100 fly.