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Women’s Swim, Dive Teams Beat Brandeis

By Victoria Anderson

TEAM MEMBER

The MIT women’s swimming and diving team split a double dual meet on Jan. 18, topping Brandeis 209.5-77.5 and falling to Tufts 139-160. The Beavers dropped their first 200-yard medley relay of the season, as the combined swims of Erin M. Zoller ’05, Melissa E. Dere ’06, Aasia Saleemuddin ’04, and Kathryn M. Duffy ’04 totaled to 1:56.15, over a second behind Tufts’ top relay. Their time was, however, good for first against Brandeis, and the relay team of Victoria K. Anderson G, Monica W. Chu ’07, Jessica A. Harpole ’07, and Mabel Y. Feng ’06 posted a 2:01.26 for third against both Brandeis and Tufts.

Katherine C. Thornton ’07 led off the individual events of the meet with a spectacular performance in the 1650 freestyle. Her time of 17:26.00 not only gave her first place against both teams, but also put her only one-hundredth of a second away from an automatic qualifying time for the NCAA Division III National Championships. With her 1650 time, as well as her 1000 split time of 10:31.83, she bettered her own Institute records of just one month. Also swimming the 1650, Maryann E. Racine ’06 touched in 19:25.09 to take third against both teams.

In the 200 free, Georgene M. Hilb ’04 finished first overall with a season-best time of 1:58.62. Starting off the first round of stroke races, Jennifer A. L’ao ’05 finished the 100 back with a time of 1:03.75 to place first against the Brandeis swimmers and second against the Tufts athletes. In the 100 breast, Dere took second against Brandeis and first against Tufts with a time of 1:11.02 while Chu was third against both teams, touching in 1:13.14. Thornton climbed back on the blocks shortly after her 1650 performance to swim a time of 2:14.25 in the 200 fly, which put her second against Tufts and third against Brandeis.

In the sprint free events, Duffy and Zoller took first and second against Brandeis and first and third against Tufts with times of 24.64 and 26.11, respectively, while Duffy and Hilb were first and second against Brandeis and first and third against Tufts with times of 53.37 and 56.00, respectively. L’ao and Zoller took to the water for the 200 back, taking second and third against Tufts and first and second against Brandeis with their times of 2:17.07 and 2:18.29, respectively. Dere and Chu dominated the Tufts swimmers in the 200 breast, taking first and second with times of 2:31.93 and 2:38.44, respectively, that also put them second and third against Brandeis.

Thornton finished off another Institute record with a 5:11.06 in the 500 free, which put her first against both teams. Also swimming the 500 free, Hilb posted a 5:21.58 to take third against Tufts and second against Brandeis. In the 100 fly, Chu and Saleemuddin took second and third against both schools with times of 1:04.64 and 1:05.06, respectively.

The final record-setting event of the meet was the 400 IM, as L’ao finished in 4:44.42, breaking the Institute record in the event and taking second against Tufts and first against Brandeis. Closing out the meet, Duffy, Hilb, Thornton, and L’ao took the top spot against Tufts and Brandeis with their time of 8:08.72, while Lindsey R. Sheehan ’07, Rebecca E. Jimenez, Racine, and Elizabeth A. Whitehead ’07 were third against both teams in 8:51.06.