MIT Men's Swimming and Diving Sweeps Past Bowdoin and Babson
BRUNSWICK, Maine - At its second meet of the 2013-14 season, the MIT men's swimming and diving team defeated host Bowdoin College, 215-82 and New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Babson College. 240-57. Tech won 13 of 17 events, taking first through third place in an impressive eight events and claiming first through fourth in three of them.
MIT started the afternoon off the right way by taking first and second place in the 200-yard medley relay. The A relay, made up of sophomore Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.), senior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.), sophomore Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) and junior Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) touched in first place with a time of 1:34.65. The B relay, composed of sophomore Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.), freshman Alexander Luh (San Jose, Calif.), sophomore Luke Schlueter (St. Louis, Mo.) and junior Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) followed soon after with a 1:37.88.
Sophomore Michael Lu (Scarsdale, N.Y.) led a group of three Engineers in the 200-yard freestyle, touching in 1:46.03, just narrowly out-touching senior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) with his time of 1:46.13. Sophomore Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) was third in 1:47.05, finishing just ahead of a Bowdoin swimmer with a time of 1:47.12.
The 100-yard backstroke was completely dominated by MIT sophomores. Mattix took the top spot with a 52.01 and was followed by Brad Jokubaitis (Newtown, Pa.) in second in 52.43, Lednev in third place with a time of 53.10 and Corcoran in fourth in 53.32. Mattix won his second event of the day soon after that, finishing with a time of 1:55.74 in the 200-yard backstroke. Liao was victorious in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke, touching with times of 57.74 and 2:07.19 respectively.
Fathman came in first in the 100-yard freestyle with a 48.13, leading the way for three other MIT swimmers. Neubieser was second in 48.26, sophomore Michael Chen (Warrington, Pa.) came in third place with a 49.35 and junior Michael Everett (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was fourth with a 49.97. In the 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) came in first place with a time of 4:47.63. Lu was second with a 4:50.45, freshman John Matthews (Yorktown, Va.) touched in third place in 4:54.74 and senior Tim Wall (Newtown, Pa.) was fourth in 4:57.04.
To end the day, the Cardinal and Gray took the top three spots in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The A relay was first in 3:11.36, the B relay came in second with a time of 3:16.10 and the MIT C relay followed soon after in 3:16.45.
MIT will return to the water on Saturday, Dec. 6 when it hosts the MIT Winter Invitational, which will run through Sunday, Dec. 7. The Engineers will welcome a handful of other schools to the Zesiger Center Pool for this highly competitive three-session meet.