Springfield Hands MIT Women's Swimming and Diving First Defeat

Jan. 15, 2006

Complete Results

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - MIT women's swimming and diving lost in dual competition for the first time this season as the Cardinal and Gray fell to NEWMAC-rival Springfield College, 168.5-131.5. The Engineers won both relays to bookend the meet, but surprisingly, were unable to match the Pride's depth.

After yielding the opening relay to MIT, Springfield went 1-3-4 in the 1000 free, followed by a 2-3-4 finish in the 200 free. An easy victory for sophomore Sasha Brophy in the 200 provided the best highlight in the opening part of the meet as Springfield outgunned a drained MIT squad that bettered Brandeis and Colby just one day earlier.

Springfield won the next four events, including two, one-two finishes. Sophomore Doria Holbrook stopped the run with a victory in one-meter diving, before Springfield went back on the attack for three more wins.

Junior Kate Thornton bounced back after a tough swim in the 1000 to win the 500 free. Thornton trailed Springfield's Emily Sheehan heading into the final 100, but moved in front and held on with a time of 5:17.16. Freshman Kristen Felch followed Thornton's win with a victory in the 100 fly. Felch just hung on to defeat a charging Kristen Schadow to give MIT its first opportunity at back-to-back event victories.

Schadow responded with a hard-fought victory in the 200 IM as MIT closed with a strong 2-3-4 finish. Julianna Edwards provided a strong anchor to nearly catch the field, but paced the Engineers with a second-place effort.

"Despite the loss, I'm really proud of how we competed," said head coach Dawn Gerken. "The thing that has me most excited is not necessarily the effort, which is certainly there - but the camaraderie on both teams has been outstanding. They really support each other, and I know that will provide us with a real boost come championship season."