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Women End Swim Season with Big Wins in NEW-8 Invitational

By Hilary E. Price
Team Captain

The fall season of the MIT women's swim team came to an exciting conclusion last Saturday as the Engineers took firsts in seven of the fourteen swimming events at the 1st Annual NEW-8 Invitational. Deirdre K. Dunn '99 was the big winner of the day, achieving victories in the 50 free (25.39 seconds), 100 free (55.70), and 100 butterfly (1:03.12).

Dunn, who was ranked first in New England for the 50 free as of Nov. 22, also teamed up with captain Hilary E. Price '97, Sachiyo Minegishi '99, and Christy L. Canida '99 to win the 400 yard freestyle relay. The relay outswam its closest competition, Wellesley, by over three seconds.

Erica R. Fuchs '99 also had a strong meet, winning the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:40.88 and netting a close second in the 100 breast. Additional victories were achieved by Price in the 200 free and Deborah M. Weinstein '98 in the 200 butterfly.

Captain Alexis E. Farel '96 was very impressed by the team's performance. "Our team this year has a lot of dedication and potential. I am very excited to see what the remainder of the season will bring."

The men's swim team also competed this weekend at the Wheaton Invitational. Marc Lebowitz '98 came from behind to claim the first victory for the Engineers, finishing the 1,650 free in 18:39.50, 17 seconds ahead of his closest competitor. Cocaptains Benjamin T. Soule '96 and Brian D. Dye '96 teamed up to place 1st and 2nd in the 100 yard breaststroke, while Aaron K. Wong '98 led the 200 butterfly in 2:03.18. Sophomore Zachary K. Lee also placed first in the 100 freestyle, in a swim which Coach John A. Benedick said "just proves that Zac is one of the premier sprinters in New England."

The Engineers will resume competition on Jan. 17 with a home meet against UMass-Dartmouth.