INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Scoring 40 points today, MIT's men's swimming and diving team maintained its hold on fourth-place after the third day of the NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. The Engineers have a total of 180 points, holding a slim two-point edge over the University of the Redlands going into the final day of competition on Saturday.
Sophomore Tim Wall (Newtown, Pa.) scored the first points of the day for MIT. Swimming in the 200 Butterfly he qualified for the consolation finals with a time of 1:51.62 during the morning qualifying heats. In the consolation final he turned in a 1:52.87 to finish 16th and earn honorable mention All-America honors.
Sophomore Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) was the first to qualify for a championship final on Friday for the Engineers, punching his ticket with a 56.41 in the prelims of the 100 Breaststroke. In the finals he was just slightly slower at 56.53 to take eighth and deliver 11 points to the team.
MIT's 800 Freestyle Relay squad of sophomore Colby Dunn (Weston, Mass.), sophomore Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia), sophomore Carlo Biedenharn (Loveland, Ohio) and junior Brendan Deveney (Newton, Conn.) was outstanding in the championship finals, lowering the Institute record to 6:41.56 to claim fifth-place and 28 points.
MIT will conclude the 2011-12 season tomorrow at the final day of the championships.