January 4, 2012

Men’s Swimming Finishes Second at Bradenton Invitational

BRADENTON, Fla. – MIT's men's swimming team squared off with the State University of New York at New Paltz squad during its winter training trip in Florida on Wednesday. In a competition that was scored in an invitational format and held in a 50-meter pool, the Engineers finished second to New Paltz 166-154.

In the first event, the 50 Butterfly, MIT was led by senior Matt Chapa (Baytown, Texas), who captured first with his effort of 30.20. Freshman Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) was third in 30.40, with sophomore Colby Dunn (Weston, Mass.) taking fifth with a time of 30.90. Junior Brendan Deveney (Newtown, Conn.), sophomore Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.), freshman Brian Xiao (Potomac, Md.) and sophomore Jeffrey Lin (Potomac, Md.) finished behind Dunn to give MIT seven of the top ten positions.

Junior Brendan Liu (Lake Oswego, Ore.) was the top Engineer in the 50 Back, finishing second by just 0.06 seconds with his time of 31.80. Led by freshman Michael Everett's (Ann Arbor, Mich.) fourth-place time of 32.20, MIT went on to capture the next seven places in the event, with Deveney, Xiao, Lin, freshman Spencer Boone (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), senior Tim Stumbaugh (Loveland, Colo.) and Chapa following Everett to the wall.

MIT took second and third in the 50 Breast, with senior David Parell (Lexington, Ky.) and Liao clocking times of 36.10 and 36.40 respectively. Lin also posted a top-10 finish for the Engineers in the event.

Finishing the short event with the 50 Free, New Paltz was able to take the first five positions to comeback and edge MIT in the final point totals. Liu posted the top time for the Engineers with a 28.50 in his sixth-place effort, with Dunn close behind with his time of 28.60. Also finishing in the top-10 for MIT was Everett.

MIT will return to dual meet action when it hosts Colby College on January 14 starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Zesiger Center pool.