Jan. 26, 2008
MEDFORD, Mass. - Tufts University sophomore Meredith Cronin picked up three individual wins to lead the Jumbos to victory over visiting MIT, 164-136, in a non-conference women's swimming and diving dual meet on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers, ranked No. 20 nationally, fell to 6-3, while Tufts improved to 4-2.
Tech was led by senior co-captain Sasha Brophy, who was a part of both of the Engineers' victorious relay teams and added an individual triumph in the 200-yard freestyle. Brophy anchored both the 400-yard medley relay team and the 200-yard freestyle relay team, winning the medley event along with Amy Jacobi, Ellie Souganidis and Jen Chao (4:12.11) and the freestyle event with Nicole O'Keeffe, Ashley Pinchinat and Sarah King (1:41.96). In addition, the native of Cupertino, Calif., swam the 200-yard freestyle in 1:58.70 to garner maximum points.
Junior Kristen Felch was MIT's other key contributor, finishing first in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:18.55 before grabbing the runner-up spot in the 100-yard butterfly by clocking in at 1:03.41, just 0.06 seconds behind teammate and event-winner Souganidis.
Brophy's fellow senior co-captain, diver Doria Holbrook, earned the top score on the one-meter board with a tally of 304.73 points, but was edged out on the three-meter board by Tufts' Katie Swett. Holbrook scored a respectable 315.30, but Swett took top honors with a mark of 327.75.
The Engineers will conclude their dual meet schedule on Saturday, Feb. 2, when they will host New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) power Amherst College at 1:00 p.m. Tufts will also compete on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., as it will be on the road at Wheaton College with fellow NESCAC foe Bates College.