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Grierson wins two at nationals

By Michael J. Garrison

and Harold A. Stern

MIT swimmer Yvonne Grierson '90 won both the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly at the NCAA Division III national championship meet, leading the Engineer women to a best-ever 16th-place finish.

Grierson was the second highest individual point scorer at the championship, held last week at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. Swimmers from approximately 85 schools were invited to the meet.

Grierson earned all-American honors in four events -- the 100-yard freestyle, the 100-yard butterfly, the 50-yard freestyle, and the 200-yard medley relay (swimming the butterfly leg). The other relay team members -- Jennifer Chan '92 (backstroke), Tina Grosskopf '92 (breaststroke), and Angie Polen '90 (freestyle) -- also earned all-American honors for their efforts.

Grierson set Institute records of 52.40 in the 100-yard freestyle and 24.52 in the 50-yard freestyle, in which she finished fourth. She swam 56.5 in the 100-yard butterfly, just missing her own Division III national record of 56.18, set in last year's Nationals at Emory College in Atlanta.

"I was pretty confident that I would win the 100 fly again," Grierson said. But she was surprised to win the 100-yard freestyle because it is "hard to compete in two different strokes," she explained.

The 200-yard medley relay team finished eighth while setting a new school record of 1:53.96. The swimmers also competed in the 400-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay, but did not place.

Grierson, who has been swimming 14 years, holds MIT's first and only national record in swimming. She has been a past winner of the Betsy Schumacker Award, presented to MIT's outstanding undergraduate woman athlete.

The meet ended this year's women's swimming season.