Men's Swimming and Diving Takes Home Ninth Consecutive NEWMAC Championship

Men's Swimming and Diving Takes Home Ninth Consecutive NEWMAC Championship

THE BASICS:

- Event: 2017 NEWMAC Championship

- Results: 1st of 7 teams - 1462 points - Final

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

- The Lead: The MIT men's swimming and diving team took home their ninth consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship after a great fourth day in the pool in Worcester. For his effort in the pool, freshman Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) was named Rookie of the Year as well as Co-Swimmer of the Year, while freshman Sam Solomon (Rockville, Md.) was named Men's Diver of the Year after coming in first place on both boards.

MIT totaled 1462 points for the league title, while Coast Guard came in second (1099 points), host WPI was third (1022), Wheaton College was fourth (614), Springfield College was fifth (391), Babson College was sixth (309) and Clark University (221). 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Sophomore Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) closed the NEWMAC Championship with a bang as he clinched the meet record in the 200-breast after swimming a time of 2:02.00. His time in the event was also good enough for an NCAA "B" cut. McKenzie was joined on the podium by freshman Jeffrey Li (Redmond, Wash.) as he came in sixth (2:05.78), junior Justin Chiu (Monterey, Calif.) was seventh (2:05.79) and freshman Emilio Sison (Annandale, Va.) was tenth in 2:08.56.

- In the very next event - the 200-fly - MIT swept the top-3 finishing positions and had five total student-athletes represented on the podium. Edskes came in first with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:49.64, junior Dougie Kogut (Glen Burnie, Md.) came in second with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:50.86 and senior John Matthews (Yorktown, Va.) was third in an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:52.03. Additionally, sophomore Gavin Brown (Richmond, Va.) placed seventh in 1:55.99 and freshman Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Wash.) touched the wall tenth in 1:58.54.

- MIT also had six Engineers on the podium in the 100-free and four on the podium in the 200-back. In the 100-free, junior Jeremy Bogle (Weston, Mass.) paced the Cardinal and Gray with a first place NCAA "B" cut time of 45.28 and was followed by classmate Joshua Tomazin (Austin, Texas) in third (46.12), freshman David Morejon (Humble, Texas) in fourth (46.41), classmate Peter Crocker (Huntington Beach, Calif.) in sixth (46.88), freshman Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) in seventh (46.90) and junior William Arcand (Windsor, Va.) in tenth (47.99).

- Freshman Gabe Schneider (Santa Monica, Calif.) claimed the league title and a spot on the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:49.06, while sophomore Daniel Smith (Lake Forest, Ill.) earned a spot on the All-Conference Second Team with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:50.34. Sophomore Luke Eure (Davenport, Iowa) and Kogut were also on the podium as Eure finished fourth in 1:50.98 and Kogut was tenth in 2:03.70.

- In the session's first event - the 1650-free - freshman Matt Woicik (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) finished second with a time of 16:21.80.

- The meet's final event brought together Bogle, Edskes, Kogut and Tomazin for the 400-free relay. The quartet ended with a time of 3:00.16 for an NCAA "B" cut and was just three-tenths of a second shy of breaking the meet record.

UP NEXT:

- Prior to the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship in a few weeks, MIT's three qualified divers will compete at home in the NCAA Division III Northeast-North Diving Regionals on Friday and Saturday February 17th and 18th inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool.

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