CAMBRIDGE - The Tufts University women's swimming & diving team used a strong Sunday to win the MIT Invitational, scoring 1,777 points overall. Host MIT placed second with 1,684 points for the weekend.
|Jeanette Khowong swam in the Jumbos' 200 medley relay|
The brown and blue competed in eight events on Sunday night, setting a school record and recording two NCAA B-cuts. In the 200 medley relay, Tufts finished second led by Jeanette Khowong, Lily Kurtz, Sasha Fong, and Hannah Spencer with a 1:44.72 time that broke the team's record from 2012 when the Jumbos posted a 1:45.83. The mark is an NCAA B-cut.
Sophomore Sook-Hee Evans ended with a 5:05.11 time which was good for third overall in the 500 freestyle. Classmate Amy Socha (5:10.75) also placed fifth in 500 free. In the 200 backstroke, sophomore Jackie Crater finished third marking a 2:06.33. Junior Grace Goetcheus was one spot behind Crater with her 2:06.57 in the event. Fong had a second-place time of 56.85 seconds in the 100 butterfly with Socha not far behind her in 57.91 seconds for third.
Lily Kurtz posted a first-place finish in the 200 breaststroke timing in at 2:21.63, which was four seconds better than MIT's Sara Nicholas. The sophomore's time was an NCAA B-cut. Kurtz had won the 100 breaststroke with an NCAA B time on Saturday. The Jumbos also had sophomore Emily Mendelson (2:26.04) place third in the 200 breast on Sunday.
Abby Claus (2:08.01) and Goetcheus (2:10.42) placed second and fourth respectively in the 200 individual medley. Kurtz, in fifth place, was the third Jumbo in the top five with her 2:11.62 finish.
Tufts will next be in action on Saturday when they travel to Wesleyan for a 1 pm start. Williams and WPI will also be in the meet.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello