Dec. 2, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman Amy Jacobi's remarkable rookie campaign continued at the MIT Invitational this weekend, as she contributed to three Engineers relay victories and added two individual triumphs to lead No. 19 MIT to a first-place finish. The Cardinal and Gray won the event with a final team score of 910.50, comfortably ahead of second-place finisher Tufts University, which concluded the competition with a tally of 783.
Wheaton College (558.50), Bowdoin College (558), Colby College (541) and Brandeis University (361) rounded out the competing schools.
Jacobi, who led off every one of MIT's winning relays, teamed up with Sarah King, Ashley Pinchinat and Sasha Brophy to clock in with a first-place time of 1:40.46 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Cranbury, N.J., native combined with Brophy again in the 800-yard freestyle relay, touching the wall at 8:03.09 to earn maximum points along with Nicole O'Keeffe and Abby Clark. Brophy, who anchored each of Tech's three relay victories, and Jacobi then teamed with King and Katie Creasey to take the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:41.51.
A 1-2 finish in the 100-yard butterfly aided the Engineers tremendously, as Jacobi (59.44) and Jen Chao (1:01.27) finished ahead of the field to grab a significant amount of points. Jacobi's other individual victory came in the 100-yard freestyle, which she swam in 53.49 to best the competition.
Brophy grabbed an individual victory of her own in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.74), while O'Keeffe contributed MIT's final swimming triumph in the 1650-yard freestyle (18:06.70).
Senior diver Doria Holbrook, the 2005 and 2007 three-meter diving NCAA National Champion, was pitted against 2006 title-winner and close friend, Tufts' Kendall Swett, in both the one-meter and three-meter competitions. Holbrook (475.05) bested Swett (450.05) on the one-meter board, but Swett (512) edged out Holbrook (504.90) on the three-meter. Both divers reached NCAA "B" cut qualifying standards on both boards for 11 dives.
Head coach Dawn Gerken could not have been more pleased with the result, but she was perhaps even more satisfied with the effort and determination of her team.
"This was an absolutely phenomenal meet for this group of athletes, and the win in this competition is huge for this program," she said. "Every single team member stepped up and contributed, and they all deserve to be recognized for this victory."
MIT will take to the water one last time before the winter break, as it will travel to Norton, Mass., on Saturday, Dec. 8, to take on New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference foes Wheaton and Smith at 1:00 p.m.