January 24, 2009

Engineers Drop Close Battle Against Tufts

Jan. 24, 2009

Complete Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The women's swimming and diving team recorded six event victories on Saturday, but it wasn't enough as Tufts University knocked off the Engineers, 170-130. Jen Chao and Amy Jacobi netted two individual wins a piece to pace the attack, while Kristie D'Ambrosio secured an NCAA qualifying score in diving.

Jacobi continued to shine since making a return to the lineup. She swept the 50 and 100 free, while swimming 1:00.83 to finish a close third in the 100 fly. Jacobi also led off MIT's 200 free relay, which delivered a two-second victory over the Jumbos. She split 24.97 to win the 50 and 54.86 in the 100. Sophomore Katie Creasey also enjoyed a strong swim in the 100, finishing third overall with a time of 55.83.

MIT's win in the 200 free relay featured a strong performance by the entire unit. Every split was between 25.03 and 25.56, with senior Jen Chao authoring the top clip to anchor the victory. Ashley Pinchinat and Sarah King swam the second and third legs, respectively.

Chao remained undefeated on the dual season in the fly, sweeping both the 100 (1:00.17) and 200 (2:15.51).

Despite finishing second overall in one-meter diving, D'Ambrosio totaled 257.40 in achieving an NCAA qualifying score. Nicole O'Keeffe and Ariadne Smith also enjoyed solid swims, taking second and third in the 400 IM behind times of 4:49.39 and 4:55.60.

In the closest race of the afternoon, freshman Allison Alwan held on to defeat Tufts' Meredith Cronin in the 200 back. After taking a large lead early, Alwan secured the win in 2:14.60, while Cronin finished inches behind in 2:14.61.