2003-04 Season Highlights

Oct. 14, 2004

  • Senior Kathryn Duffy led a record-setting contingent of MIT swimmers with one of the most dynamic performances by any individual at the NEWMAC Swimming and Diving Championships. Duffy set four individual MIT records in the 50 free (24.05), 100 free (51.82), 200 free (1:54.15) and 50 breast, and then added a fifth by anchoring the 800 free relay. Her splits in the 50 and 100 free clipped the automatic qualifying standard for the national championships, and her swims in the 50, 100 and 200 free shattered NEWMAC championship and open records. After the meet, Duffy was unanimously named the NEWMAC Women's Swimmer of the Year.
  • Adding to the women's accolades at the NEWMAC Championships was rookie Kate Thornton, who set an Institute record in the 500 free (5:05.39) and established a new conference record in the mile (17:37.74). Junior Jen Jen La'O broke the school records in the 200 IM (2:14.03) and 400 IM (4:41.72), senior Georgene Hilb set a new conference record in the 200 fly (2:12.34), and sophomore Melissa Dere scratched out the standing MIT record in the 200 breast (2:28.14). Jen DeBoer also landed in the record books, combining with Duffy, Thornton and Hilb in the 800 free relay (7:46.43). MIT finished second overall at the championship, but boasted seven qualifiers for the NCAA Championships.
  • Seniors Kathryn Duffy and Georgene Hilb, juniors Jen-Jen La'O and Jen DeBoer, sophomore Erin Zoller, and freshmen Kate Thornton and Stephanie Sidelko earned NEWMAC All-Conference First-Team honors. Sophomore Melissa Dere joined Thornton, La'O, DeBoer, Hilb, Zoller, and Duffy on the Second Team.
  • Representing MIT on the NEWMAC All-Academic Team were graduate-student Victoria Anderson, seniors Cindy Adams, Courtney Browne, Kathryn Duffy, Nicole Hou, and Aasia Salemuddin, juniors Jen-Jen La'O and Laura Shimmin, and sophomores Moria Chambers, Mabel Feng, Jolinta Lin, Maryann Racine, Catherine Smith, and Mary Williamson.
  • Four members of the women's swimming team were named honorable mention All-America for their efforts at the 2004 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Junior Jen DeBoer, senior Georgene Hilb, freshman Kate Thornton and senior Kathryn Duffy combined for a 16th-place finish in the 800 free relay, touching the pad in 7:54.02. Duffy also reached honorable mention All-America status in the 50 and 100 free, finishing the 50 in 10th (24.45), while closing out the 100 in 13th place (52.88).