January 28, 2012

Blue Swimming and Diving Sweeps Mount Holyoke

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – The Wellesley College swimming and diving team posted a 151-104 victory over Mount Holyoke on Saturday. The win improves the Blue to 7-2 overall, while the Lyons' shift their season mark to 5-3.

Wellesley touched first in all 12 swimming events, while sweeping at the diving end, as well. The Blue were paced by first-year Tiffany Chen who picked up three individual wins, while first-year Kendra Waters and sophomores Mariam Amirkhanashvili, Keelin Nave and Hayley Goydan all added multiple wins in the sweep.

Chen won both backstroke events, going 1-2 with classmate Veronica Lin. In the 50, Chen touched first with a 30.04, while Lin came in at 30.33. In the 100, Chen recorded a 1:03.21, while Lin posted a 1:04.18. Chen was also a winner in the 200-IM, tallying a time of 2:21.81, while sophomore Megan Lambert took second in 2:23.27.

Waters swept the breaststroke events, winning the 50 in 32.51 and taking the 100 in 1:09.62. Sophomore Lindsey Shepardson took second in both, recording times of 33.57 and 1:14.12. Nave touched first in both the 50-free and the 100-free for the Blue, winning the shorter distance in a 25.52, and taking the 100 in 54.14.

In the fly events, Amirkhanashvili won the 50 in 28.06, while taking the 100 in 1:02.49. Sophomore Gabriela Kovacikova finished second in the 100, touching the wall with a time of 1:03.89. Rounding out the individual swim events for the Blue, senior Olivia Hulme won the 500-free in a time of 5:27.14, while first-year Monica Gates took second in 5:38.31.

Wellesley touched first in both relay events, finishing the 800-medley relay in a time of 9:15.23, and the 800-free relay in 8:17.42. Swimming on the winning medley relay team were Nave, Lambert, sophomore Emma Mrkonic and first-year Grace Bachman. The freestyle relay "A" team consisted of Amirkhanashvili, Kovacikova, Lambert and senior Stephanie Welch.

In the diving events, Wellesley's Goydan picked up the sweep. On the 1-meter board she recorded a score of 262.35, surpassing NCAA qualifying standards. Goydan also posted a win on the 3-meter board, hitting a 263.62. Other diving highlights for the Blue included a second place finish from first-year Gabby Cooper-Vespa on the 1-meter board (196.79), and a second place performance from junior Kathryn Goffin on the 3-meter board (192.67). 

Up next for the Blue, the team travels to Bates College to take on the Bobcats and Conn. College in a double dual meet on Saturday at 1:00pm.