Feb. 8, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Setting the stage for the NEWMAC Championships, the MIT women’s swimming and diving team closed out the regular season with a solid performance at the non-scoring MIT Invitational.
The highlight for the Engineers was an exceptional win in the 400 medley relay. Closing two seconds faster than their seed time, the team of Allison Alwan, Nicole O’Keeffe, Jen Chao, and Amy Jacobi swam 4:07.05 to net a narrow win over Tufts. The race came down to the last leg where Jacobi split 54.44 to edge Maureen O’Neill in an exciting finish.
Chao, who was honored as part of MIT Senior Day, delivered a great swim in the 200 IM and finished second overall in 2:15.82.
Freshman Lauren Hernley set a pair of personal records in the sprints, trailing Chao for fifth in the 50 with a clip of 25.81. She also finished fifth behind fellow rookie Sydney Giblin in the 100 with a time of 55.81.
“The team swam tough,” remarked head coach Dawn Gerken. “I am continually impressed by how they step up to race each weekend even though we haven’t let up in practice. We are way ahead of where we've ever been at this point in the season with both the men and women.”
In addition to Chao, Erika Erickson, Abby Clark, Caroline Lowenthal, Nicole O’Keeffe, and Kristin Uhmeyer were in the senior spotlight, and were honored for their outstanding dedication and contributions to the women’s swimming and diving program.