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Amherst Drowns MIT Teams In Swimming and Diving

By Ognen J. Nastov
Staff Reporter

Despite a number of strong swims, the men's and women's swimming and diving teams were defeated by Amherst College at Amherst last Saturday.

"I think we did extremely well, considering the intensity of our recent training," said head coach John Benedick. "There were a number of close races, but our opponents simply had more swimmers and depth."

The men's team carried victories in two events. In the 200-yard backstroke, tri-captain Ted Achtem '95 crushed Mark McDermott of Amherst with a winning time of 1:59.81, his season's best. In addition, Brian Dye '96 won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:21.01. Randy Yang '97, the third place finisher in the same event, qualified for the regional conference championships.

The men's team performed well in both freestyle sprint events. Matt Lau '97, Greg Maud '97, and Sherrif Ibrahim '96 placed second, third, and fourth in both the 50-yard and the 100-yard freestyles. In the 200-yard freestyle, Christian Hamer '94 and David Chatwin '97 placed second and third. Chatwin also qualified for the regional conference championships in the 50-yard backstroke. Joe Kurtz '96 was a runner-up in the 200-yard butterfly (2:08.90), which was won by Laird Adamson of Amherst College. The men's meet ended with a score of 154-69 for Amherst.

Women encounter similar result

The women's meet proceeded in a similar fashion -- with only a single victory but a number of second place finishes. Hilary Price '97 easily triumphed in the 100-yard freestyle in a winning time of 58.47 seconds, and she also placed second in the 200-yard freestyle. In the 200-yard individual medley, Holly Goo '95 was a runner-up (2:19.17). Goo was outtouched in the 500-yard freestyle and finished second (5:29.07), just 0.14 seconds behind winner Stefanie Duff of Amherst.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Christine Harada '94 was second (1:09.11). Diver Debbie Gustafson '95 also placed second in the 3-meter diving with a score of 242.55 points, just 1.775 points short of first place. Gustafson was third in the 1-meter diving event. The final score was 155-62 in favor of Amherst.

Engineers look ahead

Despite the losses, the Engineers were happy with their meet performances. Both the men's and the women's have teams started to taper this week in preparation for the New England Championships later this month. The men's team ends its dual meet season this Saturday, in a home meet against Bowdoin College scheduled at 1 p.m. at the MIT Alumni Pool. "We're looking for some fast swimming and expect to end the season with a close, competitive meet, and a possible victory against Bowdoin," Achtem said.