Edskes and 800 Free Relay Smash School and NEWMAC Records For Men's Swimming and Diving on Night Three Of NCAA Championship

800 Free Relay - David Morejon, John Matthews, Peter Crocker, Dougie Kogut
800 Free Relay - David Morejon, John Matthews, Peter Crocker, Dougie Kogut

THE BASICS:

- Event: 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship

- Results: 8th - 134 points (After Day Three)

- Location: Shenandoah, Texas (Conroe ISD Natatorium)

- The Lead: Freshman Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) continued his excellent trip to nationals with a second NCAA runner-up performance tonight - this time in the 200-fly after completing the feat in the 100-fly a night ago. Additionally, both Edskes and the 800-free relay team smashed both the school record and NEWMAC open record in their respective events. After three days at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship, MIT is in eighth place as a team with 134 points. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Coming off a runner-up performance in the 100-fly last night, Edskes duplicated his effort tonight in the 200-fly as the freshman crushed the school record, NEWMAC record and his personal best with a time of 1:45.69 for his fourth All-America award of the week. The old MIT record (1:47.28) was held by last year's national champion Dougie Kogut (Glen Burnie, Md.). Edskes' time was just 1.13-seconds behind new national record holder and national champion Brandon Lum of Washington University (Mo.) (1:44.56).

- The 800-free relay closed the third night of nationals on a high note as Kogut, senior John Matthews (Yorktown, Va.), freshman Peter Crocker (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and classmate David Morejon (Humble, Texas) broke the school and NEWMAC open record with a sixth place finish in 6:39.24. It was the first time that all four student-athletes made it to the podium this week.

- Matthews, who swam a collegiate-best time of 1:50.33 in prelims of the 200-fly this morning and junior Justin Chiu (Monterey, Calif.) also earned Honorable Mention All-America status in their individual events tonight. Chiu claimed 15th place in the 100-breast in 55.68-seconds, while Matthews took 16th in the 200-fly in 1:50.90.

- The Engineers also had a number of great swims during prelims this morning. In the 200-fly, Kogut was 17th in 1:50.58 and freshman Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Wash.) was 20th in 1:50.88. In the 100-back, sophomore Daniel Smith (Lake Forest, Ill.) was 22nd in 50.17-seconds, freshman Gabe Schneider (Santa Monica, Calif.) was 30th in a collegiate-best time of 50.72-seconds and junior Jeremy Bogle (Weston, Mass.) was 34th in 52.21-seconds. Finally, sophomore Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) placed 23rd in the 100-breast in 56.34-seconds and was followed by junior William Arcand (Windsor, Va.) in 26th in a personal-best time of 56.60-seconds.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to the pool for the final day of the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship tomorrow beginning with prelims at 11:00 a.m. EST. The Engineers will have entries in the 100-free, 200-back, 200-breast, the 400-free relay and the 3-meter dive with finals of all events beginning at 7:00 p.m. EST.

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