MIT Builds Lead on First Day of NEWMACs

Senior Anna Kokensparger
Senior Anna Kokensparger

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - After the first day of the 2013 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Swimming and Diving Championships that took place on Friday night, the MIT women's team sits in first place out of the ten teams with 312 points, winning four of five swimming events. Springfield College is currently in second place with 172 points.

MIT picked up the first win of the evening in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:33.46. Senior Elina Hu (Oshkosh, Wis.), freshman Katie Siegel (San Jose, Calif.), sophomore Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.) and freshman Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) crushed the previous NEWMAC record of 1:35.10 that was set in 2012 by Springfield College and MIT's own NEWMAC Open record of 1:34.60 from the same year.

Freshman Kate Yu (San Jose, Calif.) won her first individual event of her collegiate career when she swam a 5:01.48 in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher from Mount Holyoke and earning an NCAA B cut in the process. In the 200-yard individual medley, senior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) defended her title from last year with her time of 2:03.87, crushing her own NEWMAC record of 2:04.57 from 2012.

MIT had six swimmers in the top eight in the 50-yard freestyle, taking second through sixth and eighth place. Springfield's Kelly Pennington touched first in 23.48 and was followed by Hu in second with a time of 23.82 and Yang in third with a 23.86, both earning B cuts. Junior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) came in fourth with a 24.05, Cunningham was fifth with a time of 24.60, junior Joanna Yeh (Frederick, Md.) came sixth in 24.66 and sophomore Eann Tuan (Richardson, Texas) came eighth with a 24.94.

In the final event of the evening, the 400-yard medley relay, the MIT B relay touched first in the consolation heat with a time of 3:57.27, finishing three seconds ahead of Wellesley College, who finished in second place. In the championship heat, the A relay walked away with a win, turning in a time of 3:49.23.

Day two will commence tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. with the preliminary heats of the women's 200-yard medley relay. That will be followed by the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard backstroke. The consolation and championship finals will be swam tomorrow night, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Women's Scores Day One
1. MIT                           312
2. Springfield                172                  
3. Wellesley                  117
4. Coast Guard              109
5. Mount Holyoke          84
6. Wheaton                   84
7. Clark                         58
8. Babson                     52
9. WPI                          47
10.Smith                      40