Dec. 8, 2007
Following the distribution of this press release, a scoring change was announced that altered the outcome of the contest. As a result, MIT defeated Wheaton, 155-144.
NORTON, Mass. - MIT's women's swimming and diving team's match-up with New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Wheaton College lived up to its billing as the SwimmingWorldMagazine.com Meet of the Week, as for the second straight year, the meeting of the two squads was decided by the final relay. Unfortunately for Tech, the result remained the same, as the host Lyons held on for a 151-148 victory over the Engineers on Saturday afternoon for the second consecutive campaign. However, a bit of MIT's sting was subdued by a 205.50-92.50 win over the meet's other NEWMAC competitor, Smith College.
Wheaton downed Smith, 196-102, in the afternoon's other dual meet.
The Cardinal and Gray moved to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the NEWMAC with the split. The Lyons improved to 6-2 (4-1 NEWMAC) with the pair of victories, while the Pioneers fell to 3-3 (0-3 NEWMAC).
With the score at 147-135 in favor of Wheaton heading into the final event - the 400-yard freestyle relay - the Engineers knew that they would need to secure the top two times to earn the victory. Ariadne Smith, Abby Clark, Jackee Nowicke and Amy Jacobi - a group which was swimming as MIT's "B" team - did all they could to earn first-place and the maximum points with a time of 3:43.39. Unfortunately for MIT, Wheaton's top team clocked in just 0.07 seconds later to grab second-place and wrap up the victory.
Junior Nicole O'Keeffe and freshman Jacobi each picked up two individual triumphs on the afternoon to pace the Engineers. O'Keeffe clocked in at 10:54.04 in the 1000-yard freestyle to claim first-place before doing the same in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:46.69. Jacobi, a rookie out of Cranbury, N.J., earned victories in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.27) and the 100-yard butterfly (59.74), beating out second-place finisher Dania Piscetta of Wheaton by 0.01 seconds in the latter.
Senior Sasha Brophy earned MIT's other individual win, touching the wall fastest in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:24.39.
The Cardinal and Gray was hurt by the absence of Doria Holbrook on the diving boards, as the 2005 and 2007 three-meter diving national champion did not compete.
MIT won't return to action until after the winter break, as the Engineers will have a lengthy recovery time until their next meet on Saturday, Jan. 19, when they will host Colby College at 1:00 p.m. Wheaton will also return after the winter hiatus, as it will battle Clark University and Vassar College at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, while Smith will next face Wellesley College on Jan. 19 at 1:00 p.m.