Engineers Wrap up Day Two of NCAAs in 8th Place

200 Free Relay
200 Free Relay

SHENANDOAH, Texas - On the second day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship, senior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) and freshman Katie Siegel (San Jose, Calif.) represented the MIT women's swimming and diving team at finals in their respective events on Thursday night. Kokensparger swam in the 200-yard freestyle, while Siegel competed in the 100-yard butterfly. Six different Engineers also came together to race in the championship final of the 200-yard freestyle relay and the consolation final of the 400-yard medley relay.

At the conclusion of the second day of NCAAs, the Engineers are currently sitting in eighth place with 89 points. Emory University maintains the lead with 312.5 points.

In the preliminary session of the 200 free relay this morning, the combined effort of freshman Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) , Siegel, sophomore Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.) and Kokensparger touched the wall in sixth place with a time of 1:34.76. In the first event of finals that night, Yang, senior Elina Hu (Oshkosh, Wis.), junior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) and Kokensparger finished in fifth place in 1:34.15, breaking the MIT school record of 1:34.60 that was set at the beginning of this season. This is the highest the Engineers have ever placed in this relay.

In the consolation final of the 100 fly, the first individual event of the day, Siegel finished in eighth place with a time of 57.21. At prelims, she swam a 56.22. In the 200 free, Kokensparger came in sixth place in the consolation final with a 1:52.13. This morning, she swam a 1:50.57, earning tenth place going into finals.

The 400 medley relay wrapped up finals action for the Engineers. In prelims, Rogers, freshman Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.), Siegel and Kokensparger finished in ninth place with a 3:51.32. In the consolation final, the quartet finished in third place with a 3:51.05, slightly improving their time from this morning. MIT took 11th overall in the event.

At prelims, junior Katelyn Rossick (Middletown, Md.) was the lone Engineer in the 400-yard Individual Medley, coming in 20th with a 4:33.07. Classmate Joanna Yeh (Frederick, Md.) and freshman Kate Yu (San Jose, Calif.) competed in the 200 free, finishing in 40th and 42nd with a 1:54.81 and 1:54.84 respectively.

MIT will return to action tomorrow morning with the 200-yard butterfly, which will be followed by the 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke and 800-yard freestyle relay. Prelims every day will start at 10:00 a.m. CDT/11:00 a.m. EST and finals will begin at 6:00 p.m. CDT/7:00 p.m. EST.

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