March 22, 2013

MIT Men's Swimming Holds Onto 3rd Place Ranking on Day Three of NCAAs

SHENANDOAH, Texas - MIT men's swimming and diving sent eight to finals on the third day of competition at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship, the highest number of Engineers to swim at finals so far this week. The 800-yard freestyle relay also competed, finishing in ninth place with a time of 6:41.15. MIT still holds on to its third place ranking, as it have done since the beginning of the meet, raising its point total to 275. Denison is second with 308 and Kenyon maintains the lead with 355.5 points.

In the championship final of the 200-yard butterfly, freshman Luke Schlueter (St. Louis, Mo.) came in eighth with a 1:49.05. At prelims, he swam a 1:48.55, crushing his own MIT school record from NEWMACs by over a second. Classmate Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) moved up from 16th to 11th with a 1:49.33 and junior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia), who was the national runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle last night, came in 13th with a time of 1:49.33.

In his first individual final for the week, freshman Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.) finished in seventh place with a 49.27 in the 100-yard backstroke, the exact time he swam at NEWMACs. In prelims, he swam a 49.16, breaking his own MIT school record. Classmate Bradford Jokubaitis (Newtown, Pa.) finished in 14th overall with a 49.96, cutting a few hundredths of a second off his time from this morning.

Junior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) moved up from 12th to sixth in the 100 breast at prelims after going 55.89. He stayed true to his seeding at finals, finishing in sixth place with a 55.54. He cut over a second off the time that he swam at NEWMACs. Competing in the consolation final was sophomore Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.), who dropped a tenth of a second off his time from prelims to come 13th with a 56.51, just out-touching Dylan Shearer of Kalamazoo, who finished into the wall in 56.55.

To end the evening, Mock, Norris, and seniors Tony Chen (Clemmons, N.C.) and Brendan Deveney (Newtown, Conn.) competed in the 800 free relay, finishing in ninth with a 6:41.15. They narrowly finished behind the University of Redlands with a time of 6:41.09 and just ahead of Claremont College with a 6:41.24.

In prelims of the 100 back, freshman Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) moved up six places to 24th place with a time of 50.92. Deveney swam the 100 breast in 57.98, finishing in 29th place.

The fourth and final day of NCAAs will commence tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. CDT/11:00 a.m. EST with the 1650-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke and the 400-yard freestyle. Finals will begin at 6:00 p.m. CDT/7:00 p.m. EST.

Live stats- http://collegeswimming.us/results/21478/

Video- http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2013/03/23