Jan. 19, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT's 20th-ranked women's swimming and diving team rode freshman freestyle swimmer Amy Jacobi to victory on Saturday afternoon, as the Engineers downed visiting Colby College, 170-124, in the Zesiger Pool. The rookie from Cranbury, N.J., led all swimmers with four victories, including three in individual freestyle events.
MIT improved its dual meet record to 4-2 with the win, while Colby, ranked No. 22 in the nation, fell to 2-3 with its third loss of the season against a nationally-ranked opponent.
Jacobi led a 1-2-3 finish in the 50-yard freestyle, clocking in at 24.64, just ahead of teammates Sarah King (25.93) and Ashley Pinchinat (26.46). She also earned maximum points in the 100-yard (54.42) and 500-yard (5:10.50) freestyle events, before leading off the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team along with King, Jackee Nowicke and Pinchinat (1:43.13).
The Engineers also grabbed the top two spots in the 1000-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, picking up a significant amount of points in the process. In the 1000-yard freestyle, junior Nicole O'Keeffe easily won the event with a time of 10:55.76, while teammate Rachel Price came in second by touching the wall at 11:21.55. Junior Jen Chao earned top billing in the 100-yard butterfly, clocking in first with a time of 1:01.79, while fellow junior Kristen Felch garnered runner-up honors by finishing at 1:02.62.
Senior Sasha Brophy won the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.37) and Felch took the top spot in the 200-yard butterfly (2:17.27) to round out Tech's winners in the swimming events.
Senior diver Doria Holbrook was impressive yet again, as the 2005 and 2007 three-meter diving National Champion swept both the one-meter (294.80 points) and three-meter (297.70 points) events.
MIT will have little time to celebrate its victory, as it will return to the pool tomorrow afternoon, Sunday, Jan. 20, when it will travel to Springfield, Mass., to take on New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference foes Springfield College and the United States Coast Guard Academy at 1:00 p.m. Meanwhile, Colby will next compete on Saturday, Jan. 26, when it will be on the road at Bates College at 1:00 p.m.