- Score: No. 8 MIT 180, Coast Guard 102
- Records: No. 8 MIT (4-2), Coast Guard (3-5)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool)
- The Lead: The No. 8 ranked MIT women's swimming and diving team opened 2018 with a dominant 180-102 win over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers won 12 of 16 events and swept the top three spots in four different events including the 100-back, 100-free, 200-back, and 1-meter dive.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT freshmen Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) and Caroline Kenton (West Chester, Pa.) paced the efforts for MIT as they both posted three event wins - two individual and one relay. Allen won the 100-fly in 58.74 and the 200-fly in an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:05.71. Her swim in the 200-fly marked the fifth time this season in which Allen has notched an individual NCAA "B" cut time, while Kenton won the 100-back in 1:01.23 and the 200-back in 2:08.69.
- Allen and Kenton also teamed up with their respective 200-medley relay teams. Allen swam with sophomore Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.), senior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.) and sophomore Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio) for first in 1:49.80, while Kenton finished second with freshman Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.), sophomore Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) and classmate Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) in 1:50.88.
- Wu went on to win the 50-free in 24.88, Holman finished second in the 200-breast in 2:33.60 and third in the 100-back in 1:01.72 and Chen won the 100-breast in 1:07.28 and finished third in the 100-free in 55.41. Additionally, Nichols won the 200-breast in 2:31.29 and finished second in the 100-breast in 1:09.09, Staszel touched the wall second in both the 50-free (24.89) and the 100-free (54.55) and Burns finished third in the 100-fly (1:01.71) and fourth in the 50-free (25.64).
- In her first dual meet of the season, junior Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.) won the 1000-free in 11:06.04. MIT also received individual wins by senior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) in the 500-free (5:28.21), freshman Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) in the 100-free (54.41), and classmate Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) on the 1-meter board with an NCAA qualifying score of 297.06.
- In the diving well behind Wen, three other Engineers posted NCAA qualifying scores. Sophomore Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) registered a score of 281.32 for second place, junior Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) notched a score of 265.64 for third place and in exhibition action, junior Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) tallied 263.02 points for fourth place.
- MIT heads to Williams College for a double-dual meet with the No. 5 ranked Ephs and the No. 6 Violets of NYU next Friday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m.