- Event: 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship
- Results: 8th - 31 points - After Day One
- Location: Shenandoah, Texas (Conroe ISD Natatorium)
- The Lead: Freshman Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) set a new school record and a new NEWMAC open record with his fifth place finish in the 200-IM and junior Joshua Tomazin (Austin, Texas) placed eighth in the 50-free for All-America honors as the No. 4 ranked MIT men's swimming and diving team stands in eighth place after the first day of the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championship.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Edskes returned to the pool tonight after initially breaking the program record in the 200-IM during prelims this morning. The freshman swam a 1:48.01 in prelims and then bested the mark by 0.86-seconds for a collegiate-best time of 1:47.15 in the championship final for fifth place and his first collegiate All-America honor. The old record was set during the 2014-15 season by Alex Lednev '16 (1:48.59).
- Tomazin also earned All-America accolades this evening as he claimed eighth place in the 50-free with a time of 20.60-seconds. It was the second time in as many years that Tomazin was on the podium in the 50-free and the fourth All-America honor of his career, which doesn't include the three Honorable Mention All-America awards he has to his name in three years on the team. During prelims this morning, Tomazin swam a personal-best time of 20.20-seconds to qualify for the championship final.
- Tomazin was joined by classmate Jeremy Bogle (Weston, Mass.) in the 50-free as Bogle finished 11th overall, third in the consolation final, with a time of 20.52 after swimming a collegiate-best mark of 20.47-seconds this morning. Tonight marked the first time in Bogle's career in which he has individually been named an Honorable Mention All-American.
- During prelims this morning, freshman David Morejon (Humble, Texas) finished 22nd in the 500-free with a collegiate-best time of 4:32.41, while the 200-medley relay team comprised of Edskes, Tomazin, junior William Arcand (Windsor, Va.) and classmate Justin Chiu (Monterey, Calif.) finished sixth in 1:29.87.
- The Engineers return to the pool tomorrow morning for the second day of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship. MIT has entries in the 200-free relay, 400-IM, 100-fly, 200-free, the 400-medley relay and 1-meter diving. Prelims begin at 11:00 a.m. EST and finals start at 7:00 p.m. EST.
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