KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The MIT women's swimming and diving team returned from NCAA National Championships toting several new school records, an All American diver, and a fifteenth place overall finish, one of the best in the Institute's history. The women compiled a total of 57 points, edging University of Wisconsin Eau Claire by one point in the 53-school field.
In the process, Beth Stavely earned an All-America nod with an eighth place finish in the 3-meter diving competition. The All-America spots go to the top eight performers in each event, while the next eight finishes earn All-America Honorable Mention. Stavely herself earned honorable mention in 1-meter diving competition with a fifteenth place finish.
Two MIT relay teams set new school records and four of them earned All-America honorable mention. The team of Christy Rogers, Morganne Klein, Anna Kokensparger and Elina Hu did both in the 400 medley relay, setting a new MIT mark of 3:52.30 and finishing 11th overall. Hu, Kokensparger, Joanna Yeh and Sydney Giblin set their record for the 400 freestyle relay in the preliminary heats with a time of 3:29.39 before placing 14th in the final rounds.
The 200 medley relay (Rogers, Calley Murphy, Kokensparger and Hu) and the 800 freestyle relay (Yeh, Giblin, Katelyn Rossick and Kokensarger) teams each took 11th overall to earn All-America Honorable Mentions.
Kokensparger finished sixteenth overall in the 200 yard individual medley and Rossick did the same in the 400 IM. Rogers also broke the school record in the 200 yard backstroke.
The Engineers fall a place back from their performance last year, when they finished tied for fourteenth in a 52-school field. The two results are the best finishes for MIT women outside of a 1990 season where they placed 11th out of 59 competing schools.
The women's competition was won by Emory for the second straight year, which crushed the field and beat second-place Denison by almost 200 points.