Feb. 21, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Behind a sensational team effort, MIT women's swimming and diving powered to second place after day two of the 2009 NEWMAC Championships. After securing zero All-Conference honors on the first day, MIT picked up seven All-Conference accolades and its first individual victory. With one day remaining in the three-day competition, Springfield leads with 586 points, while MIT (485) sits in second, and Wheaton (439.5) is third.
The Engineers dazzled at the start of Saturday's session by setting a new school record in the 200 medley relay, while securing their first All-Conference honors of the meet. Freshman Allison Alwan followed up a great performance on Friday with a strong lead off leg, while Abby Clark served up a personal record during the breast stroke. With Jen Chao and Amy Jacobi completing the back end of the relay with strong splits, the Engineers finished second in 1:50.15.
It didn't take long for MIT to net its first individual conference accolade as Nicole O'Keeffe overcame a sluggish start with a terrific finish to close second overall in the 400 IM. O'Keeffe split 4:45.24, with freshman Megan Tadge (4:50.87) improving her prelim time by a remarkable seven seconds to finish sixth. Junior Ariadne Smith also scored for the Engineers after placing seventh in 4:53.22.
MIT continued to cook as the meet moved to the 100 fly. For the second consecutive year, Amy Jacobi captured the conference title. Jacobi, who set the NEWMAC meet and open records with a 57.31 swim during prelims, swam 57.47 at finals to pace a 1-2 finish for the Cardinal and Gray. Chao split 57.80 to finish second as both competitors secured NCAA "B" cuts.
Rookie Sydney Giblin powered the Engineers in the 200 free with a sensational effort that resulted in a third-place finish. Giblin was steady throughout the race in finishing three seconds faster than her morning split with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:55.86.
Alwan authored her second individual bronze performance of the meet with a time of 1:00.29 in the 100 back. The Engineers picked up additional points during the session as junior Sarah King secured an eighth-place finish in the 200 free, while classmate Ellie Souganidis finished eighth in the 100 breast.