Men's 800 Free Relay Smashes School, Pool & NEWMAC Records on Night One of Winter Invite

Men's 800 Free Relay Smashes School, Pool & NEWMAC Records on Night One of Winter Invite

- Event: 2017 MIT Winter Invitational

- Results: 1st of 6 (204 points) - After Day One

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool)

- The Lead: On the first night of the 2017 MIT Winter Invitational, the MIT men's 800 free relay broke the school, pool and NEWMAC open record as well as achieved an NCAA "B" cut time with a mark of 6:38.79 in the meet's opening event.

The No. 4 ranked Engineers currently lead the three-day meet with 204 points and are followed by RPI (167), Tufts University (162), NYU (152), Wheaton College (94) and Keene State College (45). 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In the first event for the men's squad, senior Dougie Kogut (Rockville, Md.) and sophomores Emilio Sison (Annandale, Va.), Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) and David Morejon (Humble, Texas) registered a time of 6:38.79 for first place. With the time, the quartet also clocked a new school record, pool record, NEWMAC open record and an NCAA "B" cut. The time was 0.45-seconds faster than the old mark of 6:39.24 set last year at the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championship.

- The Engineers' "B" 800 free relay and "C" 800 free relay teams finished second and fifth in the meet's opening event, respectively. Freshman Justin Liu (Linwood, N.J.), classmate Jacob Phillips (Raleigh, N.C.), sophomore Peter Crocker (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and senior Joshua Tomazin (Austin, Texas) clocked a time of 6:46.26, which was also faster than the NCAA "B" cut standard, for second place in the event, while senior Jeremy Bogle (Weston, Mass.), freshman Christian Hwa (Hong Kong), classmate Henry Hu (Southbury, Conn.) and sophomore Gabe Schneider (Santa Monica, Calif.) took fifth with a time of 6:53.66 in an exhibition swim.

- In the meet's longest event - the 1650-free - MIT took three of the top-five finishing positions led by junior Josh Graves (Tustin, Calif.), who led from wire-to-wire and finished first with an NCAA "B" cut time of 15:44.24. His 1000-split of 9:32.31 was also a season-best for the junior. Sophomore Matt Woicik (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) posted a time of 16:29.05 for fourth place, while freshman Jason Tang (Potomac, Md.) finished fifth in 16:31.88. Both Woicik and Tang clocked personal best times with their 1000-splits as Woicik's time was 9:54.58 and Tang's was 9:58.18.

- The Engineers were led by sophomore Samuel Solomon (Rockville, Md.) in the diving well as his score of 324.40 was good enough for second place. He was followed by junior Jeremy Sands (Skokie, Ill.), who scored 267.70 points for third place and freshman Maxwell Halkenhauser (Denville, N.J.), who scored 200.30 for 11th place.

UP NEXT: 

- The Engineers return to the pool tomorrow morning for the second day of the 2017 MIT Winter Invitational. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. and finals will start at 6:00 p.m. Events scheduled for tomorrow include the 200-free relay, 200-fly, 200-free, 100-breast, 100-back, 400-IM, 50-free, 400-medley relay, women's 3-meter diving and men's 1-meter diving.

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