January 30, 2010

Men’s Swimming and Diving Closes Unbeaten Season with Win over Amherst

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - On Saturday afternoon, 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 solid 174-124 victory, locking up their second undefeated season in institute history.

Before the start of the meet, five male MIT seniors were recognized for their dedication and contributions to Tech's swimming and diving program.

MIT seniors Luke Cummings and Jeff Zhou had a stellar day in their final competition in the Z Center pool beginning with the first event as the two swam together on MIT's winning 200 Medley Relay (1:33.78). In the 50 Free, Cummings (20.71) and Zhou (21.49) led a 1-2-3 sweep with teammate Wyatt Ubellacker (21.79). To polish off their dual-meet career, both seniors picked up one additional individual win-Cummings in the 100 Free (46.25) and Zhou in the 100 Fly (51.65).

Amherst's Alex Fraser kept the Lord Jeffs in the hunt throughout the day. After winning the 200 Free (1:45.53), the junior had to settle for second in the 100 Free (47.73) behind Cummings. Fraser got some retaliation when he and Cummings swam head-to-head in the anchor leg of the 400 Free Relay; Amherst (3:11.61) edged MIT (3:12.02) to win the final event of the afternoon.

In diving, sophomore Chao He scored a win for MIT in 3-meter (166.85), while Amherst's Gavin Front posted a season-best to take the 1-meter event (163.20).

Ryan Lichtenfels, Amherst's distance specialist, recorded two solid wins for the Lord Jeffs. After winning the 1000 Free (9:38.26), the sophomore led Amherst's 1-2-3 sweep of the 500 Free, taking first (4:41.96) over teammates Sheng Hu (4:43.02) and Ryan Colby (4:49.59). In the end, the Lord Jeffs' late rally would not be enough to catch the dominant Engineers.

Freshman Brendan Deveney came through big for MIT. After taking second in the 200 Free (1:45.69) behind Fraser and second in the 200 Back (1:56.72) behind teammate Brendan Liu (1:54.18), Deveney picked up his only individual win in the 200 IM (1:57.85), securing the points that would seal the meet for the Engineers.

MIT ends the season with an 8-0 dual-meet record, tying last year's identical showing as the best record in Engineers' history.

The Engineers (8-0) swim next at the Wheaton Invitational on February 6. The Lord Jeffs (5-2) will compete on the same day in their final dual-meet against the Pride of Springfield College.