Jan. 18, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The women’s swimming and diving team capped a busy weekend with a split against NEWMAC rivals Springfield College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The Engineers topped the Bears, 199-100, while falling to the Pride, 157-143, in moving to 5-2 on the season.
Springfield scored the decisive blow after winning the 400 free relay despite Amy Jacobi’s 53.6 anchor leg for MIT. Jacobi enjoyed a terrific afternoon at home, impressively winning the 100 free in 54.65, while leading a 2-3-4 split in the 50 free. Jacobi swam 25.10, with Ashley Pinchinat and Sarah King touching just back. Springfield’s Moira Price won the hotly contested race with a time of 25.05.
Jacobi delivered a strong start for the Engineers on Sunday as she split 24.6 to anchor MIT’s winning 200 medley relay. Alli Alwan, Abby Clark, and Jen Chao completed the unit, which won the race with a time of 1:53.70.
Chao added to her first-place totals for the weekend by sweeping the fly events for the second consecutive day. Chao swam 1:00.61 in the 100 and 2:14.10 in the 200. MIT secured two more wins on the afternoon as senior Nicole O’Keeffe crushed the field en route to a win in the 1000 (10:42.56), while rookie Sydney Giblin finished first in the 200 IM (2:16.75).