Nov. 12, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT swimming and diving opened the 2005 duel slate on Saturday with an impressive victory over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The Engineers pulled away from the Bears, 168-105, behind the efforts of junior Kate Thornton, who dominated the distance events en route to three individual victories.
MIT opened quick by winning the medley relay with relative ease. Sophomore Julianna Edwards ignited the attack, while teammates Thornton, Nicole O'Keeffe and Jackee Nowickee also produced solid splits as the Cardinal and Gray touched in at 1:54.62.
Tech left little doubt in Saturday's opener, winning the first six events, including a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 back. Edwards picked up the win in the event, with the rookie tandem of O'Keeffe and Jen Chao taking the second and third spots.
The Engineers had four multiple-event winners outside of Thornton, including a sweep in the fly events by rookie Kristen Felch. Felch, who split 27.2 in the fly leg of the medley relay, outpaced Chao and Annika Larsson to lead another MIT sweep in the 100 fly.
One of the best races in the day yielded a second individual victory for Sasha Brophy, who outkicked defending NEWMAC Champion, Joan Hunter, in a hotly contested 100 free. Previously, Brophy grabbed first in the 200 free with a tremendous early-season clip of 1:57.63.
2005 NCAA Three-Meter National Champion, Doria Holbrook, swept both diving events to ensure the win for the Cardinal and Gray.