Men's and Women's Swimmers Dominte Opponents at MeetBy David Chatwin
The men's and women's swim teams, under the helm of Maryellen McLaughlin, started their season this past Saturday at the Charlie Batterman Relays. Host Wheaton College and MIT were joined by teams from Bentley College and Tufts University.
The beginning of the meet was marred by a malfunction in the starting system which caused the false start signal to sound inadvertently. This caused some confusion in the women's 4x50 medley relay. Several swimmers, including MIT's own Lauren Erb '01, stopped in the middle of the pool expecting a restart; however, the race was never halted. Despite losing almost half of a length, the MIT swimmers struggled their way back into the race and ended up winning easily. The women cruised along for the rest of the meet, dominating the other teams.
The men's team faced a more difficult meet, with Tufts fielding a very competitive squad. In the most exciting race of the day, Ben Chun '00 anchored the 4x50 medley relay in a come from behind victory by 0.02 seconds. Several races later, it looked as if the Tufts 3x100 breaststroke relay would earn their revenge, as their anchor man made up almost six seconds against MIT. Their attempt was thwarted, however, by Paul Huck '00 who touched them out by 0.01 seconds.
The final event of the day brought the men's and women's teams together for the co-ed inner tube relay where MIT placed last.