Engineers Complete Wheaton Invite on a High Note

Senior Anna Kokensparger
Senior Anna Kokensparger

NORTON, Mass. - In the last meet of the regular season, the No. 5 MIT women's swimming and diving team finished first in ten of the 12 events on the second day of the Wheaton Invite. The Engineers swept the top three positions in four of those events.

MIT opened the second day of the invite by taking first through third place in the 200 yard medley relay. The A relay touched first in 1:50.11, the C relay was second with a 1:52.55 and the B relay was third with a time of 1:53.00, finishing almost a second a half ahead of Tufts' A relay which finished in fourth place. Junior Katelyn Rossick (Middletown, Md.) followed this up with a win of over six and a half seconds in the 400 yard Individual Medley, going 4:42.19.

In the 100 yard butterfly, MIT saw three of its freshmen finish with just six one-hundredths of a second between all of them. Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) touched first in 1:01.19 and was soon followed by Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.) with a time of 1:01.23 and Danielle Garside (Broomfield, Colo.) in 1:01.25.

The Engineers' strongest event was the 200 yard freestyle, where they took the top five sports. Senior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) led the pack with a 1:56.00, freshmen Kate Yu (San Jose, Calif.) and Sarah Osmulski (Rumson, N.J.) were second and third with times of 1:58.15 and 1:58.91 respectively, and sophomores Emmie Ryan (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Jane He (Yardley, Pa.) finished in fourth and fifth with times of 1:59.31 and 1:59.93.

Yu followed up her second place finish in the 200 free with a win in the 100 yard backstroke, turning in a time of 1:00.77. Kokensparger was third with a time of 1:02.01, senior Elina Hu (Oshkosh, Wis.) was fourth with a 1:02.27 and sophomore Taylor Pearl (Solon, Ohio) was sixth with a time of 1:03.66.

In the three meter diving portion, senior Elise Stave (Chapel Hill, N.C.) finished highest of the Engineers with a score of 487.85, which put her in third place. Freshman Kat Stone (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) came fifth with 343.15 and junior Mia Stevens (Lakewood, N.Y.) tied for sixth with a score of 268.75. In one meter diving that took place the day before, Stave, again, finished in third place with a score of 428.65. Junior Jessica Wass (Bismarck, N.D.) was fourth with 417.20.

Kokensparger won her second event of the day with her time of 53.48 in the 100 yard freestyle. Junior Sarah Weiss (Edina, Minn.) had an impressive performance in the 1650 yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 18:28.81, almost a full minute ahead of the second place finisher from Tufts, who touched in 19:23.20.

To end the invite, the Engineers finished in first, second and third place in the 400 yard freestyle relay. The A relay touched first by six seconds with a time of 3:39.73, the C relay was second with a 3:45.21 and the B relay was third in 3:46.77, finishing almost two full seconds ahead of Tufts' B relay.

MIT will return to the pool on Friday, Feb. 15 for the first session of the NEWMAC championship meet.