MIT Men's Swimming and Diving Ends Wheaton Invite with Multiple Wins

Junior Timothy Wall

NORTON, Mass. - The MIT men's swimming and diving team wrapped up the second day of the Wheaton Invite with first place finishes in every event except for two. The next time the Engineers will race will be in the NEWMAC championship, which will take place in the Zesiger Center pool from Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 14-17.

MIT opened the session with a first and second place finish in the 200 yard medley relay, with the A relay touching first in 1:34.79 and the B relay finishing soon after in 1:38.11, narrowly out-touching Tufts' A relay. The Engineers followed this up by sweeping first through third place in the 400 yard Individual Medley, with freshman Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.) leading the way with a time of 4:10.19. Classmates Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Evan Olin (Ossining, N.Y.) finished in second and third with times of 4:13.37 and 4:13.56 respectively, leaving a 15 second gap between them and the fourth place finisher.

The Engineers' strongest event was the 100 yard butterfly, where they took 11 of the top 14 places. Sophomore Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) took the top spot with a time of 51.96, freshman Dion Low (Valparaiso, Ind.) came second with a 52.92 and senior Brendan Deveney (Newtown, Conn.) was third with a time of 53.15. Closing out the string of MIT swimmers was sophomore Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.), who finished in 14th with a time of 55.58.

Senior Max Pruner (Sioux Falls, S.D.) came into the wall first in the 200 yard freestyle in 1:45.21, finishing over a second ahead of the second place finisher from Tufts. MIT took first and second place in the 100 yard breaststroke, with freshman Michael Fu (Rockville, Md.) touching first with a time of 1:01.23 and Deveney finishing second in 1:02.38. Senior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) won his first event of the day, the 100 yard backstroke, when he touched in a 53.16. Junior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) had an impressive swim in the 1000 yard freestyle, touching 13 seconds ahead of the competition with his 10:00.86.

Other events in which the Engineers competed well in were the 200 yard breaststroke and the 200 yard butterfly. In the breaststroke, junior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) came out on top with a 2:08.43, Fu came second with a time of 2:13.58 and Mock came third in 2:15.89. In the butterfly, MIT, once again, took the first three spots. Junior Timothy Wall (Newtown, Pa.) touched first in 1:55.72, Ubellacker was second with a time of 1:56.19 and Olin was third in 1:56.48.

In the final event of the invite, the 400 yard medley relay, the B relay finished in second place with a time of 3:13.67, finishing just slightly behind Tufts' A relay, which touched in 3:13.33. MIT's A relay came in third place with a 3:15.16.

MIT will return to the pool on Friday, Feb. 15 for the first session of the NEWMAC championship meet.