March 21, 2012

Men’s Swimming Fifth After Day One of NCAAs, Ubellacker Takes Third

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – After the first day of the NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, the MIT team received a school-record performance by junior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) to help the Engineers to a fifth-place standing after the first day. Ubellacker set his record in the 50 Free, setting the record the preliminary heats and then lowering it again in the championship final.

During the morning preliminary heats Ubellacker swam a 20.18, the third-best time during the morning the morning heats. During the evening finals he lowered his mark by 0.03 to 20.15 to claim third-place to a pair of swimmers from Kenyon College.

Junior Brendan Deveney (Newton, Conn.), the NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year, also had an outstanding first day for the Engineers. Like Ubellacker, he broke the school record in the morning preliminary races, turning in a 1:50.42 in the 200 IM to qualify sixth. In the finals he bettered his time and his place, coming in fifth with his effort of 1:50.25.

MIT's 200 Medley Relay also qualified for the championship final. The team of senior Ryan TerBush (Smithtown, N.Y.), sophomore Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.), Ubellacker and freshman Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) qualified eighth during the morning session, turning in a 1:31.82. In the championship final the team improved one place to seventh with a time of 1:32.11.

MIT will continue at the championships tomorrow through Saturday at the IU Natatorium.