Pair of MIT Teams Victorious

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., November 18. MIT picked up a pair of wins Saturday afternoon when both the men's and women's teams defeated Babson and Bowdoin. Tech is now 3-0 on the women's side and 2-0 on the men's side.

The Engineers took a 210-62 decision over Babson and a 154-133 triumph over Bowdoin. Head-to-head, Bowdoin beat Babson, 197.50 to 69.50.

Overall, the Engineers took the top spot in six of the 14 swimming events. Sophomore Jen Chao led the way with three victories, including two individual in the 100-yard backstroke (1:03.20) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:02.25). She was also part of the victorious 200-yard medley relay team along with Katherine Thornton, Nicole O'Keefe and Sidelko, which clocked in a winning time of 1:54.17.

Thornton also took an individual triumph in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:56.78), while O'Keefe clocked in at 5:20.18 in the 500-yard freestyle for another victory.

Junior Sasha Brophy recorded Tech's other win, touching the wall at 1:59.22 in the 200-yard freestyle.

MIT's men's swimming and diving team received individual victories from seven different swimmers on Saturday afternoon on its way to impressive victories over Babson and Bowdoin.

The Engineers defeated Babson by a score of 181-99 and overcame Bowdoin by a margin of 175-99. Head-to-head, Bowdoin downed Babson, 169-113.

The Cardinal and Gray was led by senior Craig Edwards, sophomore Deke Hu and freshman Rastislav Racz, who each picked up two individual wins in addition to their triumph in the 200-yard medley relay. The trio, along with Luke Cummings, picked up the top spot in that race with a time of 1:36.60.

Hu took first-place in both the 100-yard (54.63) and 200-yard (2:01.14) butterfly, while Edwards did the same in both the 100-yard (54.73) and 200-yard (2:00.97) backstroke. Racz won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 58.79, making his first ever NCAA "B" cut in the process. The Bratislava, Slovakia native then touched the wall at 2:09.61 in the 200-yard breaststroke for his second individual victory of the day.

The Engineers took the top spot in four of the freestyle events, as Cummings took the 100 (49.20), Peter Wellings won the 200 (1:49.68), Udit Garg was victorious in the 500 (5:04.55) and Harrison Hall clocked the fastest time in the 1000 (10:34.91).

Sophomore Mike Smith-Bronstein was also impressive for MIT, returning from the conclusion of the water polo season to swim his lifetime best in the 50-yard freestyle (22.76).

The Engineers return to action after the Thanksgiving break, when they travel to Wesleyan University on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 11:00 a.m. Babson will head to Tufts University at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, while Bowdoin hosts the University of Maine-Orono at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20.

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