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MIT Swimming Team Takes Second in Final Meet of Winter Season

By Victoria Anderson


The Women’s Swimming and Diving Team closed out its dual meet season with a 176-113 loss at Amherst College Jan. 31, leaving them with a final record of 6-3 for the season (4-1 in NEWMAC). Erin M. Zoller ’05, Melissa E. Dere ’06, Katherine C. Thornton ’07, and Kathryn M. Duffy ’04 finished behind two Amherst teams in the 200-yard medley relay, taking third with a time of 1:56.57. Immediately after the relay, Thornton was back in the water to take first in the 1000 free with her 10:46.40 effort.

Though finishing second in the 200 free, Duffy’s time of 1:56.41 was a new institute record and a provisional national qualifying time. Georgene M. Hilb ’04 touched in at 1:59.85 to take third. In the first round of stroke races, Dere took second in the 100 breast with a time of 1:12.10 while Thronton finished the 200 fly in 2:18.56 to take third.

Duffy took another second place in the 50 free with a time of 24.94, while Zoller finished in 26.38 to take third. In the 100 free, Duffy also took second with her time of 53.72. The second round of stroke races saw Zoller and Dere take third in the 200 back (2:21.36) and 200 breast (2:33.55), respectively.

Thornton and Hilb posted second and third place in the 500 free with times of 5:20.47 and 5:23.00, respectively. The final individual event of the meet, the 200 IM, gave the team second and third place finishes from Jennifer A. La’O ’05 (2:16.60) and Zoller (2:23.89), respectively. The Beavers wrapped up the meet with a second-place finish in the 400 free relay, as the team of Hilb, Stephanie A. Sidelko ’07, Mabel Y. Feng ’06, and Jennifer J. DeBoer ’05 finished in a time of 3:51.42.

Also contributing to the Beavers’ point total were divers Maithilee Kunda ’06 and Jaryn E. Finch ’04. In the one meter event, Kunda took second with a total of 127.58, and Finch was third with a total of 126.53. In the three meter event, Finch was second with a total of 139.20, and Kunda was third with a total of 125.40.