Nov. 17, 2007
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Junior Nicole O'Keeffe paced MIT's women's swimming and diving team with three victories on Saturday afternoon, helping the Engineers earn a split with host Bowdoin College and New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opponent, Babson College. MIT downed Babson, 208-48, but were edged by the Polar Bears, 139-130.
Bowdoin defeated the Beavers, 195-59, in the afternoon's other match-up.
The Cardinal and Gray stand at 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the NEWMAC following the split, while Bowdoin improved to 2-0 and Babson fell to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
O'Keeffe earned the Engineers' first victory of the afternoon in the 1000-yard freestyle, finishing 1-2 with teammate Rachel Price. The Los Angeles, Calif., native clocked in at 11:02.10 to earn top honors, while Price followed closely behind at 11:18.93. O'Keeffe then copped maximum points in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:37.08) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:18.51).
Freshman Amy Jacobi also placed first in two swimming events, winning the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.77 before touching the wall first in the 500-yard freestyle with a mark of 5:14.01.
Senior captain Doria Holbrook continued her march towards a third national title by winning both the one-meter (251.18) and three-meter (255.08) diving competitions.
The Engineers will return to action in two weeks time, as they will host the MIT Invitational on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1. The event will also include Bowdoin, Brandeis University, Colby College, Tufts University and Wheaton College. The Polar Bears will host the University of Maine at Orono on Monday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m., while Babson will return to the pool on Tuesday, Nov. 27, when it will host Simmons College at 6:00 p.m.