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MIT Swimming Dominates Wheaton

By Victoria Anderson


The MIT men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams improved to 4-1 and 5-1, respectively, with victories over Wheaton College in their final competition of the fall semester on December 12, 2003. The women took Wheaton 169-114, while the men earned a 153-106 decision over the Lyons.

For the women’s team, in the 200-yard medley relay, Jennifer A. L’ao ’05, Monica W. Chu ’07, Aasia Saleemuddin ’04, and Monica F. Morrison ’04 placed first (1:55.93); and Erin M. Zoller ’05, Moria C. Chambers ’06, Jessica A. Harpole ’07, and Kathryn M. Duffy ’04 placed second (1:57.45). The Beavers continued to build their lead in the first individual event as Katherine C. Thornton ’07 and Maryann E. Racine ’06 swept the top two spots in the 1650 free (17:46.92 and 19:53.64). Thornton’s time was well below the national provisional qualifying time (17:59.99), and both her final 1650 time and 1000 splits were new school records.

MIT were dominant in the 200 free, with L’ao (2:05.43), Rebecca E. Jimenez ’07 (2:11.27), and Elizabeth A. Whitehead ’07 (2:13.77) taking the top three spots. In the 100 back, Zoller (1:04.44) was first, and Laura B. Shimmin ’05 (1:07.91) was third, while Chu continued the MIT victory streak in the 100 breast (1:11.95). The 50 fly closed out the first round of stroke races, with Saleemuddin (28.67) and Thornton (29.63) taking first and third, respectively.

The Beavers swept the third free event of the meet when Duffy (24.67), Morrison (24.72), and Zoller (26.32) took first, second, and third, respectively, in the 50 free. The sprinters were also strong in the 100 free with Duffy (53.36) and Mabel Y. Feng ’06 (57.94) finishing first and third, respectively. In the second round of stroke races, the 50 back saw a one-two finish by L’ao (30.81) and Cynthia M. Adams ’04 (32.07), while Chu took another victory in the 50 breast (33.11) and second in the 100 fly (1:03.65).

Continuing the team’s winning streak in the free events, Thornton took first in the 500 free (5:19.45), while Lindsey R. Sheehan ’07 (5:54.19) and Whitehead (5:54.88) were second and third, respectively. Closing out the individual events, L’ao (4:51.23) and Zoller (4:56.80) were first and third in the 400 IM, respectively. In the final event of the meet, the 200 free relay of Racine, Jimenez, Thronton, and Saleemuddin was second (1:49.97), and the team of Victoria K. Anderson G, Harpole, Shimmin, and Chu took third (1:50.73).

In the men’s events, MIT started out strong by taking the top three spots in the 200 medley relay. Craig J. Edwards ’07, Joseph P. Carlucci ’05, Jonathan A. Goler G, and David H. Friend ’07 were first (1:39.58); David R. Coleman ’04, Jeffrey B. Gilbert ’05, Matthew N. Styczynski ’04, and Erdem M. Kiciman ’04 were second (1:43.81); and Nathan H. Vantzelfde ’04, Peter M. Coles ’07, Neil J. Kelly ’06, and Matthew G. Angle ’07 were third (1:43.81). The men continued to dominate the meet in the first two free races, with Edwards (16:55.12), Mark Y. Liao ’06 (17:07.39), and Angle (17:46.90) taking first, second, and third, respectively, in the 1650 and Kiciman (1:52.56), David D. Lohrey ’05 (1:53.22), and Daniel R. Jacobs ’05 (1:56.57) taking the top three spots, respectively, in the 200.

The Beavers suffered their first event loss in the 100 back with Maike Geng (57.28) and Coleman (1:00.17) touching second and third, respectively. The team came back in the next two stroke events, as the 100 breast saw a one-two-three finish by Carlucci (1:00.54), Jeffrey J. Pan ’07 (1:04.98), and Jesse M. Smithnosky ’04 (1:05.07); and the 50 fly saw one-two-three finish by Goler (24.83), Styczynski (24.99), and Jacobs (25.64).

In the sprint free events that followed the first round of stroke races, Friend (23.42) and Michael D. Dimitriou ’06 (23.79) were first and second, respectively, in the 50, while Kiciman (50.52) was second in the 100. MIT started the second round of stroke events by sweeping the 50 back and breast, with Edwards (24.72), Geng (26.77), and Styczynski (27.06) taking the top three spots, respectively, in the backstroke; and Carlucci (27.77), Smithnosky (30.30), and Coles (30.71) finishing first, second, and third, respectively in the breast. Closing out the stroke events with the 100 fly, Goler (55.51) and Styczynski (55.63) nabbed a one-two finish, respectively.

The 500 free and 400 IM gave the Beavers two final event sweeps. In the 500 free, Liao (4:56.78), Jacobs (5:09.03), and Angle (5:20.40) were first, second, and third, respectively, while Geng (4:21.45), Smithnosky (4:36.70), and Kelly (4:36.98) took the top three spots, respectively, in the 400 IM.

Though the top official entry in the men’s 200 free relay was the third-place team of Carlucci, Dimitriou, Pan, and Andrew W. Lee ’07 (1:34.00), the unofficial mixed relay of Duffy, Morrison, Vantzelfde, and Kiciman (1:32.10) touched first, ahead of the five all-men’s relays.

In the diving events that occured concurrently with the swimming competition, Nicole F. Hou ’04 won the women’s one and three-meter events (192.22 and 192.82, respectively), while Jaryn E. Finch ’04 was third on both boards (134.25 and 126.47, respectively). For the men, Mikko A. Solomon ’07 was also third on both boards (130.87 and 141.30, respectively).