Dec. 6, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jen Chao factored into three wins, including a sweep of the butterfly events, to lead the Engineers to a third-place finish against a powerful field at the MIT Winter Invite. NYU secured the victory with regional power Tufts netting second, but MIT swam exceptionally well and set the stage for a strong second-half to the 2008-09 season.
Chao split 58.90 for a dominating win in the 100 fly and dropped three seconds off her seed time en route to a winning swim of 2:11.33 in the 200 fly.
Chao, who also finished fourth overall in the 50 free, led off MIT’s winning 400 free relay to close the meet. Chao split 55.95 to deliver a good start, but the relay picked up steam as the race continued. Katie Creasey split 55.27 on the second leg and Sydney Giblin finished her leg in 54.97. Ensuring the victory for MIT, Sarah King anchored in 54.22 as the Engineers finished with a time of 3:40.41.
Giblin, who is competing in her first season with the Cardinal and Gray, also enjoyed a solid swim in the open 100 free, taking third overall behind a clip of 54.82.
Although she didn’t win any events, Nicole O’Keeffe was also solid for the Engineers. O’Keefe finished third in the 500 and 1650 free events while closing among the top 10 in both individual medleys.
Lauren Cipicchio paced a strong effort for Tech’s divers by finishing fourth on three-meter and fifth in the one-meter competition. Beth Stavely (6th) and Kristin Uhmeyer (9th) also finished among the top 10 on the three-meter board.