Swimmers Crush Colby College at DartmouthBy Christine Harada
Crammed into a yellow school bus with blue seats, the swim team trekked over to the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth on Saturday for the annual UMD Invitational Meet. Despite the hour-long bus ride, the men's team trounced its competition from Colby College and UMD.
Both Coach John Benedick and Assistant Coach Maureen Travers had been working extensively with the team's stroke, and the improvements were clearly visible as the MIT swimmers powered their way to strong finishes.
Joe Kurtz '96 won the 200-yard freestyle and drastically dropped his time in the 100-yard butterfly. Stephen Chan '95 won the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 30.8 seconds as well as the 100-yard individual medley in 1 minute, .08 seconds.
"Since this [meet] was the last one before the break, we wanted to have a strong meet to finish off the first part of the season," Chan said.
Jonathan Pfautz '95 also performed. He won the 50-yard butterfly in 24.9 seconds, the 50-yard freestyle in 22.8, and both the 200-yard medley and the freestyle relays.
Captain Alan Liu '94, who defeated fellow Captain Vijay Lathi '94 in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.59, complimented the team on its successes: "Our purpose at this meet was not to destroy the competition, but to get an idea of what we can do this season; it looks promising. We have a lot of young talent, and the veterans are providing excellent leadership [for the newer swimmers]."
Faced only with competition from Colby College as UMD withdrew at the last minute, the women's team performed well. "We have a lot of new swimmers," said Captain Christine Harada '94, "and they're showing great improvement for this time of the season."
Captain Holly Goo '95 won the 400-yard individual medley with a phenomenal time of 5:02.89. Mitanda Fan '95 swam the 50-yard backstroke for the first time and finished well with a time of 33.9.
Benedick said that he was happy with the team's performance overall, and is looking forward to the rest of the competitive season.