Last weekend, the MIT women’s swimming and diving team traveled to Wellesley College for the NEWMAC Women’s Swimming Championship. After three days of intense competition, the Pride of Springfield College (839 points) emerged in first place, capturing their tenth consecutive title, while the Engineers (694) were runners-up for the eleventh straight year. Wheaton (566), Coast Guard (449) and Clark (382) rounded out the top five teams.
The MIT men’s swimming and diving team won 15 of 20 events to defend its NEWMAC Championship. The Engineers, whose five league titles are one shy of the Coast Guard’s NEWMAC record, finished with 1,027 points. Coast Guard came in second with 947.5 points, while Springfield College was third with a score of 673.5.
On Saturday, the No. 5 MIT men’s swimming and diving team battled the No. 16 Lord Jeffs of Amherst College in the Zesiger Center Pool. Amherst held the score close early in the meet, but MIT hit their stride and cruised to a 174-124 victory, locking up their second undefeated season in Institute history.
MIT’s powerhouse men’s swimming and diving team dominated the 2009 MIT Invitational held Friday and Saturday in the Zesiger Pool. The Engineers won 17 out of 20 events, recording a score of 1197.5 and easily beating out second-place Tufts University (750.5).
When DAPER announced that budget cuts would require the elimination of one or more varsity programs, the department showed great respect for students by informing them early in the process. This respect was not reciprocated by students and other members of the MIT community who have spent the last few weeks insulting administrators, insisting that this decision must have been made hastily, and demanding that the department reconsider. While DAPER is listening with open ears, students claim they are being unheard much like a bratty sixteen-year-old demanding a Ferrari when given an Acura. As a student body, we need to appreciate the incredible opportunities that we will still have without complaining about what we can no longer afford.