Engineers Swim Past Tufts
Jan. 21, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore Julianna Edwards authored three of MIT's 10 individual-event victories as the Engineers defeated Tufts University, 159.5-138.5. Second-year teammate Doria Holbrook scored 327.95 on the three-meter board to establish a new Zesiger Pool record in the win.
Junior Kate Thornton turned an impressive double in the distance events, opening with an NCAA B-cut in the 1650 free. Thornton led from gun, finishing the one-mile circuit in 17:43.06. She later grabbed a win in the 500 free with a time of 5:16.05. In both events, freshman Nicole O'Keeffe finished second overall to help boast the Engineers' scoring total.
Sophomore Sasha Brophy followed Thornton's win in the mile with a victory in the 200 free. MIT won four of the first five events, including a one-two finish in the 200 fly led by rookie Kristen Felch. Edwards secured the first of her three wins in the 100 back, although she also claimed the top spot in the 200 back and 200 IM.
"We raced hard, and the team really deserved to win," noted head coach Dawn Gerken. "We're getting sharper in the water at the right time. It will be important for us to stay focused as we prepare for the championship season."
Holbrook swept both diving events, including the record-breaking effort on the three-meter that ignited the MIT attack to three straight and a tough, dual victory. Freshman Jen Chao edged Felch in the 100 fly to actually spark the streak, which covered the last four events of the meet.