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Jacobi, Women’s Swimming Triumph In Winter Invitational

Amy E. Jacobi ’11 continued her remarkable rookie campaign at the MIT Invitational this weekend, as she contributed to three Tech relay victories and added two individual triumphs to lead No. 19 MIT to a first-place finish. The Cardinal and Gray won the event with a final team score of 910.50, comfortably ahead of second-place finisher Tufts University, which concluded the competition with a tally of 783.

Wheaton College (558.50), Bowdoin College (558), Colby College (541), and Brandeis University (361) rounded out the competing schools.

Jacobi, who led off every one of MIT’s winning relays, teamed up with Sarah B. King ’10, Ashley E. Pinchinat ’10, and Sasha B. Brophy ’08 to clock in with a first-place time of 1:40.46 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. She combined with Brophy again in the 800-yard freestyle relay, touching the wall at 8:03.09 to earn maximum points along with Nicole M. O’Keeffe ’09 and Abigail M. Clark ’09. Brophy, who anchored each of Tech’s three relay victories, and Jacobi then teamed with King and Kaitlyn M. Creasey ’11 to take the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:41.51.

A 1-2 finish in the 100-yard butterfly helped the Engineers tremendously, as Jacobi (59.44) and Jennifer A. Chao ’09 (1:01.27) finished ahead of the field to grab a significant amount of points. Jacobi’s other individual victory came in the 100-yard freestyle, which she swam in 53.49 to best the competition.

Brophy grabbed an individual victory of her own in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.74), while O’Keeffe contributed MIT’s final swimming triumph in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:06.70).

Diver Doria M. Holbrook ’08, the 2005 and 2007 three-meter diving NCAA National Champion, was pitted against the 2006 title-winner and her close friend, Tufts’ Kendall Swett, in both the one-meter and three-meter competitions. Holbrook (475.05) bested Swett (450.05) on the one-meter board, but Swett (512) edged out Holbrook (504.90) on the three-meter. Both divers reached NCAA “B” cut qualifying standards on both boards for 11 dives.

MIT will race against Smith College and Wheaton College on Saturday, Dec. 8, in an away meet at 1 p.m.

—Jeff Lemieux, DAPER Staff

Women’s Basketball Loses to Emerson, 54-43, In Non-Conference Game

In its first game after a 12-day hiatus, Emerson College emerged with a 54-43 victory over MIT in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Thursday. With the win, the Lions improved to 2-1 on the year while the Engineers fell to 1-3.

The early stages of the game were a back-and-forth affair as Emerson crept out to a 9-6 advantage after five minutes elapsed. Back-to-back three-pointers by Clara J. Yuan ’00 and Alice S. Yeh ’08 put MIT ahead, 12-9, at the 12:01 mark. The Lions countered with 10 straight points during the next three minutes to reclaim the lead for good. A three-point play by Yeh ended the run and narrowed the gap to four (19-15). Emerson responded by tallying 12 out of the next 15 points to establish its largest lead of the half (31-18) with 4:49 on the clock. The Engineers closed out the half with an 8-2 run that resulted in a 33-26 deficit at the break.

Yeh continued to power MIT’s offense in the second half as she posted five points during the first 41 seconds. Baskets by Lauren Vassallo, Lindsay DeStefano, and Maude Okrah helped maintain Emerson’s edge as it led, 39-31, at 18:21. The next 12 minutes became a defensive battle as both sides combined for 10 points. A jumper by Alleigh Marre sparked a 9-0 run by the Lions as they extended their lead to 17 (54-37) with 4:13 on the clock. MIT held Emerson scoreless for the rest of the game as a lay-up from Sally W. Simpson ’10 and a pair of baskets by Kelsey K. Cappelle ’11 closed out the scoring for the Cardinal and Gray.

Cheryl M. Kwinn ’09 notched a career-high 11 points and seven rebounds, while Yeh contributed 11 points coming off the bench. Cappelle totaled eight points and two blocks, and Samia A. Mahjub G grabbed a team-high 12 boards. Kimberly E. Soo Hoo ’08 dished out nine assists, as Kristen E. Whaley ’11 picked up two steals for the Engineers.

MIT continues play against Emmanuel College today in a 6 p.m. home game in Rockwell Cage.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff

Men’s Basketball Falls to Tufts, Scores Season-Low 67 Points

Tufts University snapped the MIT men’s basketball team’s five-game winning streak with an 83-67 victory, overcoming a 12-point first-half deficit thanks to balanced scoring in a Saturday afternoon game at Tufts. Each Tufts starter managed a double-digit point total en route to the victory.

MIT was unable to capitalize on a 14-4 run in the first half, highlighted by two Willard J. “Billy” Johnson ’09 three-pointers, that gave the Engineers a 32-20 lead. However, Tufts surged to a halftime tie at 39 apiece on the strength of a Tufts 14-4 run. When play resumed, the game was a seesaw affair until there were only eight minutes remaining. Tufts broke away from MIT with another strong scoring stretch (17 points to MIT’s two), and from there the lead was no less than nine points.

The team resumes competition against Western New England in an 8 p.m. home game in Rockwell Cage.

—Caroline Huang, Sports Editor

Men’s Fencing Team Finishes Fourth at First Beanpot Tournament

Competing in the inaugural Beanpot Tournament, the MIT men’s fencing team fell to host Harvard University (20-7), Brandeis University (19-8), and Boston College (16-11) on Wednesday. With the losses, the Engineers’ ledger moved to 4-4 on the year.

The epee team had the best outing of the day as it compiled a record of 12-15, including a 5-4 victory over Boston College. Matt L. Gethers ’09 paced the trio with a 7-2 showing, followed by Jeremy S. Hurwitz ’08 (3-6) and Gabriel A. Chan ’09 (2-7).

The sabre squad had its best outing against Brandeis as it posted a 4-5 mark en route to a 10-17 overall record. Igor Kopylov ’09 led the way by winning eight of his nine bouts while Rangarajan D. Nadadur ’10 went 2-6. Maximilian L. Brand ’11 and Nurzhas Makishev ’09 finished the day with marks of 0-8 and 0-2, respectively.

The foil team struggled against its local foes as it finished with an overall tally of 4-23. Spencer R. Sugimoto ’08 powered the Engineers with a total of 4-5, while Richard C. LaGrandier ’11 (0-7), Sebastian Castro ’04 (0-9), and Benjamin T. Switala ’09 (0-2) rounded out MIT’s contingent.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff

Women’s Fencing Falls to Brandeis, Harvard, and BC In Beanpot Tourney

The MIT women’s fencing team fell to host Harvard University (21-6), Brandeis University (15-12), and Boston College (15-12) this past Wednesday at the first Beanpot Tournament. With the losses, the Engineers’ ledger dropped to 5-4 on the year.

The epee team had the best outing of the day, as it compiled a record of 12-15 and a pair of 5-4 victories against Harvard and Brandeis. Stephanie H. Shin ’10 led the way with a 6-3 mark, while Joanna W. Tong ‘08 and Nicole J. Koulisis ’08 both went 3-6.

Like MIT’s epee contingent, the sabre squad earned two 5-4 wins as it outlasted Brandeis and Boston College while totaling an 11-16 record. Yuhsin Chen ’08 paced the trio with a 5-4 showing, followed by Laura A. Evans ’10 (4-5) and Elena A. Tatarchenko ’11 (2-7).

The foil team edged out Boston College, 5-4, en route to a 7-20 overall record. Cordelia S. Link ’10 powered the Engineers with a total of 4-5 while Chun Li ’08 contributed a ledger of 3-6. Lindley C. Graham ’10 (0-8) and Jenna G. Caldwell ’11 (0-1) rounded out MIT’s contingent.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff