February 25, 2011

MIT Leads the Field After the Opening Day of the NEWMAC Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Defending New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Swimming and Diving champion MIT won four out of five events during the first day of competition in Friday evening's finals session at MIT's Zesiger Center Pool. The Engineers tallied 298 points, while the U.S. Coast Guard Academy ranked second with 268 points. Springfield College rounded out the top three with 194 points. The three-day competition continues Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Despite starting off the night with a disqualification in the championship final of the 200 freestyle relay, MIT overcame the early setback with many outstanding performances.

The Engineers' 200 freestyle "B" relay comprised of Tony Chen, Andrew Pierson, Andres Simauchi, and Brendan Deveney received top honors in the consolation final by clocking in at 1:25.06. In the 500 freestyle, Carlo Biedenharn captured first place in the with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:34.74, while Timothy Wall (4:37.18; NCAA "B" cut) and Remy Mock (4:38.88) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. In the consolation final of the same event, Michael Dobson (4:45.14), Max Pruner (4:45.21), and Scott Stephens (4:45.38) picked up crucial points for the Cardinal and Gray.

MIT dominated the competition in the 200 individual medley as it placed five in the championship final and added two more in the consolation final. Deveney kicked things off by repeating as NEWMAC champion with a time of 1:53.84 as he broke the NEWMAC record he established last year and also earned a provisional NCAA qualification. Ryan TerBush touched the wall in 1:55.03 to clinch second place, followed by Jeffrey Lin (1:55.33, fourth place), Andrew Pierson (1:55.92, sixth), David Parell (1:56.16), Brendan Liu (1:56.67, ninth), and Michael Veldman (1:59.36, 14th).

Wyatt Ubellacker paced the field in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.85, resulting in an NCAA "B" cut, as Colby Dunn (21.04), Craig Cheney (21.09), and Chen (21.29) secured third through fifth place. Brett Boval and Simauchi bolstered the Engineers' point total in the consolation final by clocking in at 21.85 and 22.01.

Tech concluded the session by taking the top spots in the championship and consolation finals of the 400 medley relay with NCAA "B" cut times. The "A" relay squad of TerBush, Michael Liao, Ubellacker, and Dunn finished in 3:23.23 while the quartet of Timothy Stumbaugh, Parell, Toomas Sepp, and Cheney came in at 3:25.31.

Team Standings

1. MIT 298
2. Coast Guard 268
3. Springfield 194
4. WPI 122
5. Wheaton 115
6. Clark 86
7. Babson 85

2011 NEWMAC Men's Swimming and Diving All-Conference Teams
(Event Winners Earn All-Conference First-Team Honors)

Event First Team Second Team
200 Freestyle Relay Coast Guard – 1:23.93 (Brian McGuiness, Johnson Knox, Daniel Alley, Dan Beshoar) WPI – 1:35.50 (Lee Chiang, Mason Ruffing, Alford Green, Andrew Lybarger)
500 Freestyle Relay Carlo Biedenharn (MIT) – 4:34.74 B Nick Cosenza (Coast Guard) – 4:35.29 B
200 Individual Medley Brendan Deveney (MIT) – 1:53.84 B ! Ryan TerBush (MIT) – 1:55.03
50 Freestyle Wyatt Ubellacker (MIT) – 20.85 B Johnson Knox (Coast Guard) – 20.98 B
400 Medley Relay MIT – 3:23.23 B (Ryan TerBush, Michael Liao, Wyatt Ubellacker, Colby Dunn) Coast Guard – 3:27.49 (Bryan Andrews, Michael Carman, Daniel Alley, Johnson Knox)

B - Denotes NCAA Division III National Championship qualifying B standard (provisional)
! – Denotes NEWMAC Meet Record