Nov. 17, 2004
WELLESLEY, Mass. - MIT women's swimming and diving crushed Conference-rival Wellesley College, 172-122, in Chandler Swimming Pool on Wednesday night. The Engineers won 13 of the 16 events and recorded 1-2 finishes in eight events.
Tech has been an aquatic juggernaut since opening the season with a victory at Wheaton's Batterman Relays. The sound defeat against Wellesley signals MIT's return to the top of the league as the Engineers make a run at their first conference championship.
Wednesday's meet started with Tech's second straight win in the 200 medley relay. In the first individual event, sophomore Kate Thornton duplicated her winning effort from the past weekend with a 24-second victory in the 1000 free. Thornton was also a member of the Engineers' winning medley relay unit.
Julianna Edwards arguably enjoyed the best day for the Cardinal Red and Silver Gray. Edwards was a three-time individual winner, taking the top spot in the 100 back, 100 free and 100 fly. The latter event was an all-rookie dual for MIT, as Edwards edged Anni Larsson in one of the evening's best races.
Freshman Sasha Brophy also posted a big day with victories in the 200 free and 500 free. Brophy also showcased her range with a second-place finish in the 50 free.
The Engineers also earned their first NCAA qualification as Doria Holbrook scored 256.00 points in one-meter diving. In order to qualify for nationals, a diver needs to attain qualifying scores in two dual meets or one championship meet. Once the diver attains the scores, a committee follows with a video review process.