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Men’s, Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams Sweep Two Opponents

By Victoria Anderson


The MIT Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams triumphed over Babson College and Bowdoin College in a home double-dual meet on Saturday, Nov. 20. The men beat Babson 211-75 and Bowdoin 193-89, while the women were victorious over Babson with a score of 220-78 and topped Bowdoin 184-114.

Highlighting the strength of the men’s team at the meet was the setting of two Institute records. Joseph P. Carlucci ’05 set the record in the 50-yard breast with his 27.41, while Jonathan S. Varsanik ’05 reached a new mark in the 50 fly when he touched in at 23.23. Varsanik and Carlucci won their respective record-setting events in both dual meets. Carlucci also topped the entire field in the 100 breast and Varsanik added a victory in the overall 50 free title.

Both rookie Kalvin D. Kao ’08 and All-American Craig M. Edwards ’07 also finished first over all Babson and Bowdoin opponents in two events. Edwards won the 50 back and 100 back, while Kao touched first in both the 1000 free and the 200 IM. Kao’s 1000 free performance led the Beavers to a 1-2-3 sweep over both schools, with Mark Y. Liao ’06 and Harrison K. Hall ’08 completing the sweep for the team.

In the 500 free, Liao led another conquest of the top three spots by finishing first in the field, while Nicholas O. Sidelnik ’05 and Davin F. Fan ’08 took the next two places in the field.

For the women, Katherine C. Thornton ’07 topped the entire field in three events, winning the 1000 free, the 50 breast, and the 500 free in both dual meets.

The Lady Beavers boasted two other athletes with double individual wins over both Babson and Bowdoin. Diver Doria M. Holbrook ’08 took top honors in both one-meter and three-meter diving, while Sasha B. Brophy ’08 was the fastest in the 50 free and 100 free.

The women went into the weekend meet coming off a 172-122 victory over NEWMAC-rival Wellesley College on Wednesday, Nov. 17. In that meet, the Beavers showcased their superior depth by not only winning 13 of 16 events in the meet, but by also finishing second in eight of the events that they won. “Our win against Wellesley was a true team effort,” said Head Coach Dawn B. Gerken.

Particularly indicative of the team effort were the performances in the relay events. Julianna K. Edwards ’08, Thornton, Annika S. Larsson ’08, and Erin M. Zoller ’05 topped the field by over three seconds in the 200 medley relay, while Jennifer J. DeBoer ’05, Jacquelyn M. Nowicke ’08, Larsson, and Brophy won by a margin of over six seconds in the 400 free relay.

Topping the individual performances for the team in the Wellesley meet was Edwards, who won the 100 free, 100 back, and 100 fly.

Jennifer A. La’O ’05 also had several outstanding performances against Wellesley, winning the 200 back and 400 IM with times near those of her swims last year at the end of the season.

Brophy also won two events, the 200 and 500 free, while Holbrook swept the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events with an NCAA-qualifying score on the 1-meter board.

Detailed meet results are on page 19.