Feb. 10, 2008
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - With the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship just two weeks away, MIT's 20th-ranked women's swimming and diving team prepared for the postseason by competing at the Middlebury Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Middlebury College. The event was a non-scoring meet featuring teams from the 6th-ranked host Panthers, No. 5 Williams College, Tufts University and Wheaton College, and served as a warm-up for teams prior to their conference championships.
With two top-six teams in the country competing in the event, wins were hard to come by for the Cardinal and Gray. However, freshman Amy Jacobi did earn a victory for MIT in the 200-yard freestyle, as she touched the wall ahead of all competitors at 1:56.75. The rookie phenom also earned runner-up status in the 500-yard freestyle, clocking in at 5:13.07.
Senior diver Doria Holbrook earned a pair of second-place finishes in the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions. The co-captain also earned NCAA "B" cuts in both events with her scores of 282.90 (one-meter) and 295.05 (three-meter). She finished runner-up to Tufts diver and practice partner Kendall Swett on both boards.
The Engineers will now have nearly two weeks to mentally prepare for the NEWMAC Championship, which will take place over the course of three days from Friday, Feb. 22 to Sunday, Feb. 24, and will be hosted by Wellesley College.