Feb. 20, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind a record-breaking effort in the 200 free relay and two more near records, MIT women’s swimming and diving sits in third place after the first day of the 2009 NEWMAC Championships. Springfield leads the field with 290 points followed by Wheaton (206) and the Engineers (201).
MIT opened the Championship with a third-place finish and a new school record in the 200 free relay. The Engineers couldn’t catch Wheaton and Springfield after surrendering a big advantage in the first half of the race, but the unit closed with an impressive time of 1:37.91, including a 23.45 anchor split by sophomore Amy Jacobi. Junior Sarah King, senior Jen Chao, and junior Ashley Pinchinat comprised the remainder of the record-breaking relay, with Chao posting a tremendous split of 24.25 to secure an NCAA “B” cut for the Engineers.
Senior Nicole O’Keeffe ignited MIT in the individual events with a third-place finish in the 500 free. O’Keeffe finished with a time of 5:10.74 to pace Tech’s contingent, although freshman Megan Tadge also scored points after finishing eighth in the championship final.
In the 200 IM, the Engineers nearly set another school mark as rookie Allison Alwan authored a tremendous swim. Finishing third overall, Alwan split 2:13.79, while classmate Sydney Giblin closed in 2:15.83 to finish eighth. MIT kept it going in the 50 free where Jacobi snagged another third-place finish for the Cardinal and Gray after swimming 24.19 and netting an NCAA “B” cut. The Engineers boasted four swimmers in the consolation final, with Chao taking second in the heat with a time of 24.70.
Junior Kristie D’Ambrosio placed sixth in the championship final in one-meter diving, scoring 415.15 and an NCAA qualifying score. For the first time in school history, MIT featured four divers among the top 16 at the NEWMAC Championship.
The Engineers capped the first day of competition with a third-place effort in the 400 medley relay. Jacobi delivered another sensational anchor split after posting a clip of 52.46, while Alwan, O’Keeffe, and Chao combined to nearly set another school record as the team finished in 4:01.71