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Swim, Diving Teams Splash Coast Guard

By Victoria K. Anderson and Jonathan A. Goler


The MIT men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each nabbed their first dual meet victory of the season by defeating the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Nov. 15. The women handily topped the Bears 166-118, while the men earned a decisive 165-129 victory. “We raced exceptionally well today,” said head coach Dawn B. Gerken. “There were many outstanding performances turned in.”

In their victory over the Bears, the men took first in every swimming event. Leading off the meet, the 200-yard medley relay teams swept the first two spots. Jonathan S. Varsanik ’04, Joseph P. Carlucci ’05, Jonathan A. Goler G, and Nathan H. Vantzelfde ’04 were first (1:39.17), while Matthew N. Styczynski ’04, Jesse M. Smithnosky ’04, Alessandro Yamhure ’07, and Erdem M Kiciman ’04 were second (1:42.43). English Channel swimmer Nicholas O. Sidelnik ’05 took the 1,000 free (10:26.26) and went on to out-touch the top Coast Guard swimmer for a win in the 500 free (5:04.60). Maike Geng ’05 showcased his versatility with wins in three events: the 200 free (1:48.79), 200 fly (2:00.34), and 200 IM (2:00.24).

Freshman standout Craig M. Edwards ’07 won the 50 free (22.19), as well as the 100 and 200 back (53.17 and 1:58.49). Josiah B. Rosmarin ’06, recovering from a shoulder injury, was first in the 100 free (49.42) and third in the 200 free (1:49.30). The Beavers also took third in each of the back and sprint free events: Varsanik in the 100 back and 100 free (55.50 and 49.84), Sidelnik in the 200 back (2:02.40), and Kiciman in the 50 free (22.45).

In the breast events, Carlucci took the 100 (1:02.04) and Smithnosky won the 200 (2:18.93). In the 200, Smithnosky, Carlucci, and Jeffrey B. Gilbert ’05 were in a dead heat at the 150. Smithnosky proceeded secure a victory with an impressive final 50, while Carlucci nabbed second (2:20.00) and Gilbert completed the sweep with his third-place finish (2:20.65). Following that sweep, Goler won the 100 fly (53.98), defeating the reigning NEWMAC champion James Conner.

On the women’s side, the 200 medley relay of Erin M. Zoller ’05, Monica W. Chu ’07, Katherine C. Thornton ’07 and Kathryn M. Duffy ’04 took first (1:55.96), while the relay of Cynthia M. Adams ’04, Moria C. Chambers ’06, Courtney A. Browne ’04, and Mabel Y. Feng ’06 took third (2:02.31). Shortly after her relay swim, Thornton took the 1,000 free en route to a new school record (10:48.32), while Jennifer DeBoer ’05 took third in (11:43.67). Duffy put on a spectacular performance to win the 200 free (1:57.35), with Georgene M. Hilb ’04 taking second (2:02.92).

The Beavers continued to widen the gap in the point tally in the stroke events. In the 100 back, Zoller took first (1:04.14) and Victoria K. Anderson G was third (1:07.88), while Chu and Chambers swept the top two places in the 100 breast (1:12.18 and 1:12.32). In the 200 fly, Hilb finished second (2:22.10).

Following the first round of stroke races, Duffy posted two provisional national qualifying times by taking the 50 and 100 free (24.59 and 53.58). “Achieving two NCAA provisional cuts this early in the season shows that we can have great performances and as a team we have tremendous potential to place well at NEWMACs at the end of the season,” said Duffy. The Beavers also boasted third place in the two sprint free events: Feng in the 50 (26.71) and DeBoer in the 100 (59.03).

In the second round of stroke races, Zoller and Anderson were first and third in the 200 back (2:19.08 and 2:25.47), and Melissa E. Dere ’06 and Chambers took second and third in the 200 breast (2:35.19 and 2:36.07), respectively. Thornton then claimed her second individual victory in the 500 free (5:26.65), while Maryanne E. Racine ’06 finished third (5:50.01). In her last event, Thronton finished second in the 200 IM (2:21.70).

The 400 free relay saw the Beavers take first and third. Zoller, DeBoer, Melanie J. Michalak ’06, and Hilb were first (3:53.13); Jolinta Y. Lin ’06, Lindsey R. Sheehan ’07, Chu, and Rebecca E. Jimenez ’07 were third (4:04.99).

In the diving events, Nicole F. Hou ’04 was first in the one meter (192.90) and Jaryn E. Finch ’04 was second in the one meter and first in the three meter (139.95 and 139.20). For the men, Christopher C. Kinney ’05 was third on the one meter (138.15) and Mikko A. Solomon ’07 was third on the three meter (130.57).

The performances at this meet speak well for the team’s prospects in the post-season. “I was extremely pleased by our early season times,” said Gerken. “We are on line to surprise some folks at NCAAs.”

Both teams will travel to Maine on Nov. 22 for double dual meets with Babson and Bowdoin.