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Swimming, Diving Nab Two Wins

By Jonathan A. Goler

TEAM CAPTAIN

The MIT men’s swimming and diving team opened the 2002-03 season with a win against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Saturday, 125-117.

After enduring defeat in the 400-yard medley relay, the MIT men came back to sweep the 1000-yard freestyle, led by captain Christopher G. Lucas ’03 with a time of 10:27.95. Additional wins were racked up by John H. Rogers ’06 in the 200-yard individual medley and 200-yard backstroke, Nicholas O. Sidelnik ’05 with a come-from-behind victory in the 200-yard butterfly, Josiah B. Rosmarin ’06 in the 500-yard, and Bruce J. Di Bello ’05 in the 200-yard breaststroke.

The meet was a nail-biter, and the score was close until the very end. In the final relay, the 400-yard freestyle, the MIT men handed a stinging defeat to the Coast Guard. The relay, with Rosmarin, Nathan H. Vantzelfde ’04, Erdem M. Kiciman ’04, and Jonathan S. Varsanik ’04, clocked in at an impressive 3:17.25 to clinch the victory.

The women, plagued by injuries, faced a tough battle, and were defeated, 128-106. Nevertheless, they still clocked in some impressive times and victories. The medley relay of Erin M. Zoller ’06, Melissa E. Dere ’06, captain Kirstin M. Alberi ’03 and Kathryn M. Duffy ’04 won the relay with a time of 4:11.60. More wins were achieved by Caroline S. Reilly ’06 in the 1000-yard freestyle, Duffy in the 200-yard and 100-yard freestyle, Alberi in the 200-yard backstroke, and Georgene M. Hilb ’04 in the 500-yard freestyle.

MIT women dominate Wellesley

The MIT women dominated Wellesley on Tuesday evening, crushing them 179-121. From the outset, MIT won the medley relay, followed with wins by Hilb in the 1000-yard and 500-yard freestyle, Duffy in the 200-yard freestyle, Zoller in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke, and Yihvan Vuong ’03 in the 100-yard breaststroke.

By the first break in the meet, it was clear that the MIT women were going to end up on top. For the remainder, MIT continued to crank out victories: Alberi won the 100-yard freestyle, and MIT divers achieved a 1-2 sweep in the 3-yard competition.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, MIT will host Babson and Bowdoin for a tri-meet at the Zesiger Sports Center.