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Women's Swimming Loses to Wellesley

By Conan Hom
Team Member

MITmatched up against Wellesley College at the Chandler Pool last Tuesday.

In Mary Ellen McLaughlin's second year as MIT's coach, the undefeated Lady Engineers went to Wellesley with high hopes of bringing to an end a decade old losing streak against the team. Unfortunately, the Wellesley team was able to hand the MIT their first lost of the season.

The Lady Engineers opened the dual meet in a confident manner with Elizabeth Krams '00, Lea Engst '02, Jen Navarro '00 and Deirdre Dunn '99 posting a win in the 200 yard medley relay. Wellesley moved into the lead which it would never surrender with easy sweeps in the 1000 freestyle and 100 backstroke races.

In the 200 yard freestyle race, Dunn took the lead over Wellesley's Sarah Scott '02 with only 50 yard remaining and never relinquished the lead. Andrea Harsany '02 won the 50 yard freestyle to end the first third of the meet. Dunn and Harsany's times of 2:02.21 and 25.76 respectively were New England qualifiers.

MIT, however, had been rocked on its heels. While managing to win some events, the Lady Engineers had been unable to score well in the second through fifth places and were behind 7358. Wellesley, with the home crowd advantage, was in overdrive posting personal bests and frustrated the Engineers' opening game plan.

Navarro, after suffering an upset loss in the 200 yard butterfly, went off the blocks in the 100 fly and won easily in a New England qualifying time of 1:02.44. Krams took second place. MIT continued to do well, with Lea and Erica Fuchs '99 taking home first and second in the 200 yard breaststroke. Lea Fuchs, like Navarro won convincingly.

With just two events to go, Dunn pulled MIT to within eight points by winning the 200 yard individual medley. The Lady Engineers needed at least a first through third placing in the final 400 free relay to win the meet. With tremendous effort, MIT created and held a one-two lead into the half way mark with Lauren Erb '01 pushing hard to increase the lead. Wellesley, however, stacked together its finest relay squad, and their last two swimmers took the lead to win the event and the meet 148135.

The Lady Engineers next home meet is tomorrow versus Tufts University at the Alumni Pool.