No. 8 MIT Fends off No. 17 Amherst, 165-135

No. 8 MIT Fends off No. 17 Amherst, 165-135

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite taking the top-spot in six of the competitions, No. 17 Amherst women's swimming and diving was halted by No. 8 Massachusetts of Institute of Technology (MIT), 165-135, on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Pool.

Only their second setback on the season tab, the Mammoths' move to 5-2 on the season while the Engineers improve to 8-2.

Amherst is right back at it when they return home to host Springfield College tomorrow, Feb. 2nd, in their home meet, which is their senior day. The Engineers conclude their dual meets and looks ahead to the Boston Winter Open on Feb. 7th.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After dropping the opening event on the day, Amherst responded with the top-two spots in the 1000 freestyle as Julia Ruggiero '21 sat in first with a time of 10:46.23.
  • In event #5, Natalie Rumpelt '20 touched the wall with a time of 1:52.76 for a first place finish in the 200 freestyle.
  • Marie Fagan '22 finished over a second faster than the rest of the field in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:07.57.
  • Tallying her second top-finish on the day, Rumpelt edged second place foe Shannon Hagmaier by 0.28 of a second for first in the 100 freestyle (52.61).
  • MIT brought home the 200 breaststroke and backstroke before Jessica Gordon '23 posted a commanding win in the 500 freestyle, nearly 14 seconds faster than anyone else with a time of 5:03.56.
  • Lindsey Ruderman '21 swept the diving events, first winning the 1-meter competition with a score of 538.05 before following up with a score of 526.65 on the 3-meter board.