MIT Men’s Swimming & Diving No. 1 in the Nation

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With wins in every meet so far in the 2012 portion of the season, the MIT men's swimming and diving team took over as the No. 1 team in the nation in the latest Division III poll released by the College swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) on Thursday afternoon, replacing Denison at the top. In the last poll that was released on November 26, the Engineers had been ranked in fifth position. MIT was the only institution from the NEWMAC to make it onto the top 20 list.

The team rankings are voted on by six CSCAA member coaches. The rankings will be released three times during the 2012-13 season.

At the MIT Winter Invitational earlier this month, the Engineers won all but two of the swimming events, finishing 763 points ahead of the second place team. Since the season started less than two months ago, seven school records have already fallen and almost 40 national cuts have been earned. Senior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.), and freshmen Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.) and Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) have all made individual NCAA A cuts. The 200 yard freestyle relay and 400 yard medley relay also automatically qualified for nationals.

MIT's next dual meet will not be until January 11, when it hosts Williams at 4:00 p.m.