Swimming & Diving Competing at MIT
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) women's and men's swimming & diving teams wrapped up the first day of the three-day MIT Winter Invitational with both teams in third place. Action continues on Saturday morning. Junior Trevor Maxfield highlighted Rensselaer's evening with a fifth place finish in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:35.23. He collected 18 points and was less than a second from fourth. Teammate Matthew Youngbar was sixth in the event, which had 16 competitors, with a time of 16:52.58. Maxfield also swam on RPI's top finishing 800 free relay team, which came in sixth place with a time of 7:01.51. Graham Zola was the initial swimmer off the block, followed by Maxfield, Jonathen Yang and John Alberta. The foursome was less than two seconds from a fourth place finish. The Engineers had four other squads in the event with finishes of 11th, 12th, 14th and 16th. Rensselaer's women's 800 free relay team of Kaitlin Joyce, Amanda Wang, Ashley German and Megan Beaulieu earned 32 points with a seventh finish in a time of 7:50.39. Three other teams swam for RPI with the next group coming in 13th place. German was second on the Engineers and 13th overall in the 1650 with a time of 19:06.80. She was two spots behind teammate Jennie King, who finished in 18:32.06 (11th), and one in front of Andrea Rochet, who touched in 19:13.08 to place 14th. Junior Jessica Kugelman was the Engineers' top diver with a sixth place finish from the 1-meter board with 228.75 points. On the men's side, RPI had finishers seven through 10 with Matt Dineen leading the way with 214.65 points. The divers completed six dives on Friday, but will have 11 on Saturday. Tufts leads the men's meet with 256 points. The host Engineers are second with 233 while the Engineers of RPI are third with 213 points. Keene State is fourth with 84. The Jumbos also lead the women with 288 points, followed by MIT (256), Rensselaer (107) and Simmons (106).
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