Women's Swimming and Diving Defeats Springfield, 180.5-119.5

Senior Anna Kokensparger
Senior Anna Kokensparger

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – At the first dual meet of the 2012-13 season, the MIT women's swimming and diving team won 11 of the 15 events, defeating NEWMAC rival Springfield with a score of 180.5-119.5. The Engineers are now 1-0 for the season, while the Pride fell to 3-2.

Three Engineers won a pair of events each to help lead MIT to the win. Freshman Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.) had an impressive opening to her collegiate career when she won the 100 breast with a time of 1:08.68, before capturing the 200 breast in 2:29.93, seven seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Senior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha Neb.) won the 200 free in 1:56.37 and the 200 IM in 2:09.91. Freshman Katie Siegel (San Jose, Calif.) swept the 100 back and 100 fly, going 58.81 and 57.05 respectively.

Freshman Sarah Wilson (Westerville, Ohio), and juniors Allie Hall (Andover, Mass.) and Sarah Weiss (Edina, Minn.) competed in both the mile and 500 free, going lap for lap with the competition the entire time. All three finished in the top five.

MIT swept first through third place in both the 100 and 200 back. In the 100, Siegel was first, junior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) came second and sophomore Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) came third, all finishing within two seconds. In the 200, Rogers came first, He was second and junior Katelyn Rossick (Middletown, Md.) was third, finishing less than half a second behind He.

The Engineers will host their first home meet of the season against Wellesley on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m.