Engineers' 200 Medley Relay Finishes in 2nd at NCAAs

Senior Michael Liao

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Five members of the MIT men's swimming and diving team competed in individual events on the first day of the four-day, eight-session 2014 NCAA Division III Championships on Wednesday.  Sophomore Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.), junior Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) and the Engineers' 200-yard medley relay all placed highly enough in the preliminaries to earn a chance to swim again at finals. After the first night of competition, Tech is currently in fifth place with 47 points.

After squeezing into the consolation finals of the 200-yard IM with a 1:50.84, Lednev finished in eighth place in his heat, and 16th overall, with a time of 1:52.02. With his time of 20.17 in the 50-yard freestyle that earned him a second place finish at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships last month, Fathman improved to a best time of 20.04 at prelims to take the top spot heading into finals. He came in seventh place at finals with a time of 20.73.

In the final event of the evening, MIT's 200 medley relay, which moved up 12 places from 14th to second after prelims, stayed true to its seedings and came in second with a 1:29.67. The relay, which was made up of sophomore Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.), senior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.), sophomore Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) and Fathman, finished just over a second behind Emory.

This morning, senior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) hit the water first in the preliminaries of the 500-yard freestyle, taking seventh in his heat with a time of 4:36.74. He finished in 29th overall, slipping just a handful of places from his seeding. Sophomores Luke Schlueter (St. Louis, Mo.) and Brad Jokubaitis (Newtown, Pa.) swam the 200 IM, with Schlueter coming in 43rd in 1:53.74 and Jokubaitis taking 62nd with a 1:57.97. Junior Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.) improved his time in the 50 free from NEWMACs to 20.59, finishing in 17th place and missing out on qualifying for finals by just three one-hundredths of a second.

Five MIT swimmers and two Tech relays will return to the pool for a busy second day of the Championships tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.