Division III Meet of the Week: Tufts Hosts MIT in Ranked Showdown

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Another East Coast rivalry highlights the NCAA Division III schedule this week. Tufts vs. MIT is the Division III Meet of the Week.

The MIT men are ranked No. 4, while Tufts is No. 13. On the women’s side, Tufts is No. 6, while MIT is No. 8, making the women’s meet look mighty interesting.

The meet is 1 p.m. Saturday at Tufts and will also include senior day.

LAST WEEK’S DIVISION III MEET OF THE WEEK

MIT is coming off of a strong victory against Coast Guard.

MIT’s 200 medley relay team comprised of sophomore Jaya Kambhampaty, sophomore Kyri Chen, senior Sam Ubellacker and sophomore Alex Ellison got things started for the No. 4 Engineers as the quartet won the event in a time of 1:33.02. Their victory kicked off a dual meet with Coast Guard which saw the nationally-ranked Engineers win by a 182-105 final.

The men’s meet was even more lopsided.

MIT’s 200-medley relay team of senior Nanette Wu, first-year Edenna Chen, junior Olivia McGrath and sophomore Lindsey Bjornstad won in a time of 1:46.73 to open the dual meet with the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday afternoon. The win kicked off the dual meet which saw the No. 8 Engineers defeat the Bears by a 236-64 score.

Meanwhile, Blake Zhou began the day with a mark of 266.47 on the 1-meter board before posting a score of 308.17 on the 3-meter board to sweep diving victories with regional qualifying scores.

For Tufts, after beating Division I Boston College and then Wheaton this past Saturday, sophomore Tar Tar Jarusinchai was named the NESCAC Performer of the Week.  Against BC, Jarusinchai was the second swimmer (backstroke) on the Tufts A 200 medley relay team which won.  The sophomore was also second in the 100 breaststroke and won the 200 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley relay.  On Saturday against Wheaton he was second in the 200 freestyle and won the 100 butterfly.

For the Tufts women against Wheaton,  freshman Katelin Isakoff won the 1,000 freestyle, classmate Hannah Lesser won the 200 free and junior Abby Claus won the 100 backstroke.  Claus won NESCAC Performer of the Week honors back in December after the MIT Invite.

Both teams have strong relays, strong individuals, big wins this season and a lot of history in their programs. It should be a pretty intense Division III Meet of the Week.