Men's 200 Medley Relay Shatters Meet Record On Third Night Of NEWMAC Championship

Will Arcand, Justin Chiu, Josh Tomazin, Bouke Edskes
Will Arcand, Justin Chiu, Josh Tomazin, Bouke Edskes

THE BASICS:

Event: 2017 NEWMAC Championship

Results: 1st of 7 teams - 1004 points - After Day Three

Location: Worcester, Mass. (WPI Sports and Recreation Center Pool)

The Lead: The MIT men's 200 medley relay team shattered the meet record and swam the second fastest time in the country in the final event tonight as the Engineers remain atop the team leaderboard heading into tomorrow's final day. MIT currently stands first with 1004 points and is followed by Coast Guard (745 points), host WPI (715), Wheaton College (446), Babson College (291), Springfield College (290) and Clark University (178).

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The 200-medley "A" relay team comprised of freshman Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) as well as juniors Justin Chiu (Monterey, Calif.), William Arcand (Windsor, Va.) and Joshua Tomazin (Austin, Texas) put together the country's second fastest time for a new meet record of 1:29.04. The quartet had broke the meet record previously held by WPI during prelims this morning with a time of 1:30.12, but shaved 1.08-seconds off to win the title and break their own record tonight.

- MIT's "B" 200-medley relay team of sophomore Luke Eure (Davenport, Iowa), freshman Jeffrey Li (Redmond, Wash.), classmate Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) and junior Jeremy Bogle (Weston, Mass.) also put together a first place finish in their heat with a time of 1:32.85.

- Edskes began the night on a high note as he claimed the 400-IM title with an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:57.01. The freshman edged out teammate Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.), who finished second in 3:57.54, also an NCAA "B" cut time, while senior Jeremy Ellison (Carmel, Ind.) also made the podium in tenth in 4:11.19. 

- In the diving well, freshman Sam Solomon (Rockville, Md.) aided the Engineers to a complete two-board diving sweep with his first place finish on the 1-meter board tonight. Solomon registered a score of 534.00 and much like on Thursday had his teammates right by his side with sophomore Elliot Forde (Everett, Wash.) in second (473.85) and classmate Jeremy Sands (Skokie, Ill.) in third (472.80).

- In the 200-free, MIT had five student-athletes on the podium taking half of the positions from the rest of the field. Freshman David Morejon (Humble, Texas) was the runner-up and earned a spot on the NEWMAC All-Conference team with his NCAA "B" cut swim of 1:40.42. Morejon was followed by classmate Peter Crocker (Huntington Beach, Calif.) in third (1:41.33), freshman Gabe Schneider (Santa Monica, Calif.) in fourth (1:42.16), senior John Matthews (Yorktown, Va.) in fifth (1:42.74) and Bogle in seventh in 1:43.35.

- Prior to his stint on the 200-medley relay team, Arcand as well as junior Dougie Kogut (Glen Burnie, Md.) earned NCAA "B" cut times in the 100-fly. Arcand finished in second place in 49.16, while Kogut clocked a 49.38 for third place. Ubellacker also made his way to the podium in sixth place with a time of 50.44.

- The final two events swam tonight, the 100-breast and the 100-back, both saw two Engineers on the podium and one NCAA "B" cut time. Chiu was the runner-up in the 100-breast with an NCAA "B" cut of 55.67, while sophomore Daniel Smith (Lake Forest, Ill.) came in third place in the 100-back with an NCAA "B" cut time of 50.35. Chiu was joined on the podium by Li, who came in seventh (57.83), while Smith was on the podium with Eure, who came in fifth (51.41) and freshman Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Wash.), who came in tenth (53.49).

UP NEXT:


- Tomorrow, MIT returns to the pool for the final day of the 2017 NEWMAC Championship. The Engineers will compete in the 1650-free, 200-back, 100-free, 200-breast, 200-fly and the 400-free relay.

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