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Tech Athletes of the Week: Amy E. Jacobi ’11 and Michael J. Dobson ’11

Amy E. Jacobi ’11 helped the women’s swimming and diving team capture a 170-124 victory over Colby College on Saturday afternoon, placing first in four different events. MIT swept the top three positions in the 50-yard freestyle with Jacobi clocking in at 24.64 seconds, just ahead of teammates Sarah B. King ’10 (25.93 seconds) and Ashley E. Pinchinat ’10 (26.46 seconds). She also earned victories in the 100-yard (54.42) and 500-yard (5:10.50) freestyle events. Jacobi’s fourth victory came as the lead on the 200-yard freestyle relay team, with teammates King, Jacquelyn M. Nowicke ’08, and Pinchinat, who won with a time of 1:43.13.

On Sunday, Jacobi followed up her performance with victories in three separate events. The rookie finished first in both the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.62) and the 100-yard butterfly (59.97). She ended her day by leading off the 400-yard freestyle relay team with teammates King, Pinchinat, and Sasha B. Brophy ’08, who touched the wall first with a time of 3:44.91.

Michael J. Dobson ’11 broke the Institute record in the 1,000-yard freestyle in Sunday afternoon’s men’s swimming and diving tri-meet against New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference opponents Springfield College and the United States Coast Guard Academy. Dobson’s time of 9:47.07 was not only over 10 seconds faster than the second-place finisher, but it also shattered the MIT record by over five seconds. The record was previously set in 2005 by Mark Y. Liao ’06.

Dobson also won first place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:47.35, helping the 15th-ranked Engineers earn a split in the tri-meet. The team defeated Springfield, 181-117, but were narrowly edged by Coast Guard, 154-144.

—Shreyes Seshasai and DAPER Staff