CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - On a windy winter's day in New England, the No. 1 nationally-ranked, undefeated MIT men's swimming and diving team defeated Tufts University, 255-101, at home in the Zesiger Center on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers won all but two of the events, sweeping first through third place in a number of them. Five different MIT swimmers won two of their individual events.
MIT started things off the right way, coming first and second in the 400 yard medley relay, with the A relay touching first in 3:26.47 and the B relay coming in a few seconds later with a time of 3:32.48, a full four seconds before Tufts' A relay. Freshman Michael Lu (Scarsdale, N.Y.) finished just half a second after Christian Jones of Tufts in the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 9:52.92. Junior Timothy Wall (Newtown, Pa.) came third with a 9:55.66 and senior Max Pruner (Sioux Falls, S.D.) was fifth with a time of 10:16.86.
Senior Brendan Deveney (Newtown, Conn.) finished just three one-hundredths of a second ahead of Cam Simko in the 200 yard freestyle with a 1:44.53. Freshman Langston Fitts (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) was third in 1:46.65 and junior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) came fifth with a time of 1:48.43. As he usually does, freshman Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.) won the 100 yard backstroke, touching with a time of 50.64. Fellow freshman Bradford Jokubaitis (Newtown Pa.) came third, senior Brendan Liu (Lake Oswego, Ore.) was fourth and classmate Ron Rosenberg (Newton, Mass.) was fifth.
MIT freshman dominated the 100 yard breaststroke, taking first through third place, with freshman Dion Low (Valparaiso, Ind.) touching first in 59.06, the only swimmer in the event going under one minute. Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.) came second with a time of 1:01.82 and Michael Fu (Rockville, Md.) was third in 1:02.78. It was the same story in the 200 yard butterfly, with MIT underclassmen finishing in first through fourth place. Freshman Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) was first with a 1:53.95, sophomore Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) came second in 1:56.10 and freshman Luke Schlueter (St. Louis, Mo.) was third in 1:56.19.
In the 50 yard freestyle, senior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) reprised his role as the winner with a time of 20.21. Junior Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) touched second with a 21.99 and senior Tony Chen (Clemmons, N.C.) was third with a time of 22.04. Sophomore Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) finished first in the 100 yard freestyle with a 46.52, Chen was second with a 47.96 and Fitts was third in 48.40. The Engineers, once again, took first through third place in an event, this time the 200 yard backstroke, with Mattix finishing on top with a 1:54.80, Lednev following behind with a 1:55.35 and Liu in third place with a time of 1:55.50.
In the remaining five events, the Engineers took first, second and third place in all but one of them, the 100 yard butterfly. Low won the 200 yard breaststroke in 2:10.22, Norris had his second win of the day in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:43.59, Ubellacker won his second event, the 100 yard butterfly, in 49.38, and Lednev was victorious in the 200 yard individual medley with a 1:56.55. To end the session, the MIT 400 yard freestyle A relay was first with a 3:09.60 and the B relay was second with a 3:13.43, finishing almost ten seconds ahead of Tufts' A relay.
The Engineers will hit the road for Amherst, Mass. to face Amherst College on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1:00 p.m.