MIT Men's Swimming and Diving Starts Off Winter Invitational With 11 NCAA Cuts

Junior Timothy Wall

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT men's swimming and diving got off to a good start at the first session of the MIT Winter Invitational on Friday night, winning four of the six events, breaking two school records and earning 11 NCAA cuts. The 200 freestyle relay, the 400 medley relay and freshman Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.) got A cuts, while seven individual swimmers and one relay team got B cuts.

The winning 200 free relay, which consisted of sophomore Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.), senior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.), sophomore Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.) and junior Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) finished in 1:20.51, touching almost three seconds before the second place team. They also broke the school record of 1:21.24 from the 2011-12 season.

In the 500 freestyle, freshman Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished second in 4:32.42, getting his best time by ten seconds. He was followed by juniors Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) in third with a time of 4:35.25 and Timothy Wall (Newton, Pa.) in 4:39.49. In the 200 IM, freshman Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.) won in 1:51.97, crushing his best time of 1:56.11. Senior Brendan Deveney (Newton, Conn.) finished second in 1:52.46. All four Engineers got B cuts in their respective events.

MIT's most impressive showing was in the 50 freestyle, where seven Engineers swept the top ten positions and four of them touched in under 21 seconds. Ubellacker was first in 20.28, Cheney touched second in 20.59, Fathman was third in 20.79 and senior Tony Chen (Clemmons, N.C.) was fourth in 20.90. Ubellacker had already achieved the NCAA A cut earlier this season, while Cheney, Fathman and Chen got the B cut. Chiu was sixth in 21.06, freshman Langston Fitts (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) was seventh in 21.08 and classmate Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) was 10th in 21.41.

In the 400 medley relay, the closing event of the night, the MIT A relay won in 3:17.69, getting the A cut by two seconds and breaking the previous record of 3:19.62. The MIT B relay finished second in 3:25.89 and got the B cut. Mattix got the A cut as the lead off of the relay, going 49.61 in the 100 backstroke.

The Engineers will return to the pool tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. for the second session of the meet and then again at 5:30 p.m. for the final session.