MIT Pounds Wellesley, 199-101
Nov. 16, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's swimming and diving team won 13 of 16 events, Wednesday night, en route to a dominating victory over NEWMAC foe, Wellesley College. Sophomore Doria Holbrook continued her assault on another national title, while junior Kate Thornton won three individual events for the second consecutive meet.
Thornton nabbed her first win of the day in the 1000 free. The MIT record holder in all three distance freestyle events, Thornton led wire to wire for the win (10:44.00). Rookie Nicole O'Keeffe finished second for the Engineers while becoming just the second swimmer in the history of the program to eclipse the 11-minute mark in the event (10:52.93).
Sasha Brophy (200 free) and Julianna Edwards (100 back) picked up wins in the next two events, while Thornton set a season-best in winning the 100 breast (1:10.06). If there was any doubt that the Engineers would come out on top in the mid-week dual, MIT's 1-2-3 finish in the 200 fly confirmed its dominance. Freshman Kristen Felch touched the wall first in 2:14.39, while fellow frosh O'Keeffe and Anni Larsson completed the sweep.
Doria Holbrook registered two NCAA qualifying scores in sweeping the diving events. Her winning score of 265.15 in the one-meter triggered MIT's second-half run, while her total of 290.10 in the three-meter established a new pool record.
Jen-Jen La'O was a dual winner for the Cardinal and Gray, picking up victories in the 200 back and 400 IM, while Felch grabbed a second individual win in the 100 fly. Including relays, both Thornton and Felch were involved in four first-place finishes.