March 26, 2011

Men’s Swimming has Best National Finish in Institute History

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The MIT men's swimming team was All-America in five relays and had five individuals earn All-America mentions as they finished fourth as a team at the Division III Swimming and Diving championships.

Wyatt Ubellacker set an MIT record with 7 All-America honors, given to the top eight finishers in each event. The sophomore's best finish was in the 100 butterfly, where he took third overall, setting a new MIT and NEWMAC record in the process with a time of 48.24. Ubellacker also earned All-America in the 50 free with a 5th place finish and the 100 free with an 8th place showing, as well as in four of the relays.

All three freestyle relays set MIT and NEWMAC records while earning All-America honors. The 400 free relay, swam by Ubellacker, Tony Chen, Colby Dunn and Craig Cheney placed second overall in 2:59.65, the best result for an MIT relay and only the second time MIT men's swimming has had a runner up showing. The 200 free relay (Dunn, Cheney, Ubellacker and Brett Boval) took fourth place in 1:21.61 and the 800 free relay took eighth, setting the school and conference mark at 6:42.36.

NEWMAC rookie of the year Colby Dunn made some noise at his first NCAA Championships, setting new school and conference records in the 100 and 200 freestyles. Dunn earned an All-America swim with his 4th place finish in the 100 free and an All-America honorable mention, given to 8th through 16th place with a victory in the consolation heat of the 200 free. With his time, he would have placed third in the championship heat. Dunn also took 13th in the 50 freestyle and was a member of four relay teams.

Craig Cheney, Michael Liao and Toomas Sepp all earned recognition for their performances at Nationals. Sepp, a senior, earned All-America honors with a 5th place finish in the 100 fly and took 15th in the 200 yard event. Cheney finished 16th in the 100 yard freestyle and earned All-America standing in four of the relay teams. Liao took Honorable Mention with a 16th place showing in the 200 yard breaststroke.

The other two relay teams, the 200 and 400 medley relays each took home All-America honors as well. Ryan Terbush, Liao, Dunn and Ubellacker placed eighth in the 200 medley relay and Terbush Liao, Cheney and Ubellacker took fifth in the 400 event.  

The Engineers won three swim-offs, needed to break ties in qualifying heats. Sepp earned a spot in the championship of the 100 fly, Ubellacker did the same in the 100 free. Craig Cheney earned his spot in the consolation round of the 100 free with a swim-off victory.

For the men, their fourth place finish was the school's best ever result in the NCAA Division 3 Championships, outdoing the 1982 squad that placed seventh out of 48. They amassed 224 points, tying them with Williams and trailing just Denison, Kenyon and Emory. Tech's men improved on results from the past two seasons, after placing eighth of 61 in 2010. A year before, they took ninth in a 57-school field.

Denison won the men's title, breaking a streak of 31 straight years that Kenyon has lifted the cup. Denison edged the Lords by one point, 500.5 to 499.5.