NORTON, Mass. - The MIT men's swimming and diving team competed well on the opening day of the Wheaton Invite, a two-day meet between Wheaton College, MIT, Tufts University and Clark University. This will be the last competition the Engineers will participate in until they host the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship from February 14-17.
MIT started off the meet by winning the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:28.45. The relay, which was made up of seniors Brendan Deveney (Newtown, Conn.) and Brendan Liu (Lake Oswego, Ore.) and freshmen Michael Fu (Rockville, Md.) and Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) narrowly out-touched Tufts' A relay that finished in 1:28.63.
The next event, the 500 yard freestyle, was a strong one for the Engineers, who took first and second place. Senior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) finished first with a 4:45.08 and was followed by freshman Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.) in 4:45.24. In the next event, the 200 yard Individual Medley, MIT took first, second and fourth place. Deveney, who was the only swimmer to go under two minutes, touched first with a time of 1:58.82. Lednev was second with a 2:01.24 and Tasman was third in 2:03.52.
MIT ended the opening day of the invite with a win in the 400 yard medley relay, coming into the wall in 3:35.78. Tufts' A relay finished soon after with a 3:39.78.
The Engineers will return to the pool tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. for the second session of the meet, starting with the 200 yard medley relay.