Feb. 23, 2008
WELLESLEY, Mass. - Sasha Brophy and Nicole O'Keeffe finished 1-2 in the 500-yard freestyle and diver Doria Holbrook eclipsed her own conference record on the one-meter board en route to First Team All-Conference honors, as MIT's women's swimming and diving team earned 209.50 points to sit comfortably in second-place after the first day of competition at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships. Seven-time defending champion Springfield College holds the top spot with 234 points, while Wheaton College is currently third with a score of 184.
Wellesley College, which is hosting this year's event in its Chandler Pool, is fourth with 153.50, followed by Coast Guard (118), Smith College (89), Babson College (86), Clark University (60), WPI (56) and Mount Holyoke College (50).
Brophy and O'Keeffe, who entered the evening's finals as the top two seeds from the afternoon's prelims, earned the Engineers a combined 37 points with their 1-2 finish in the 500-yard freestyle. With an NCAA "B" cut time of 5:06.50, Brophy nabbed First Team All-Conference honors, while O'Keeffe garnered Second Team accolades with her finishing time of 5:08.77.
Holbrook, competing in her final NEWMAC Championships, took first-place on the one-meter board for the third time in her illustrious career. The Yakima, Wash., native's tally of 517.45 not only secured maximum points for the Cardinal and Gray, but it also surpassed her own NEWMAC Open, Championship and Institute record of 513.65, set at last year's Championships.
Nearly earning another victory for MIT was the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Amy Jacobi, O'Keeffe, Sarah King and Brophy. The quartet clocked in at 1:38.59, pulling in 34 points and Second Team All-Conference plaudits, while missing out on both the Institute record and a first-place finish by less than two-tenths of a second. Additionally, both Brophy (24.16) and Jacobi (24.24) earned NCAA "B" cuts for the 50-yard freestyle with their splits.
Jacobi bested the "B" cut time in the 50-yard freestyle for a second time later in the evening, as she touched the wall in 24.30 to earn a tie for fifth-place with Wellesley's Savanna Johnson.
In the 200-yard individual medley, Abby Clark and Jen Chao placed fifth and sixth, respectively, to pull in a combined 27 points for the Engineers. Clark finished the race in 2:16.13, while Chao followed closely behind at 2:16.40.
The evening's final event, the 400-yard medley relay, elicited a third-place showing for MIT's squad of Jacobi, O'Keeffe, Chao and Brophy, as the crew touched the wall at 4:05.20. Tech's "B" relay team earned the victory in the consolation final, as Lauren Hernley, Clark, Ellie Souganidis and Kristen Felch finished with an impressive time of 4:12.03.
The competition will continue today, Feb. 23, as the prelims for the 200-yard medley relay, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, 400-yard freestyle relay and 1,650-yard freestyle will begin at 11:00 a.m. Meanwhile, the three-meter diving prelims will commence at 1:30 p.m. and finals for the day's events will get underway at 6:30 p.m.