Jan. 16, 2006
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Springfield freshman Will Banulski came from behind on the final leg of the 200 free relay to give Springfield College a 157-143 victory over MIT, Sunday afternoon. Senior Grady Snyder swam a 21.2 second leg to give the Engineers a sizable lead, but two strong anchors propelled the Pride to a win by .04 in the final event of the day.
MIT opened with a solid start by winning the 200 medley relay. Jeremy Chang supplied the event's fastest split in the breaststroke, while Snyder brought the win home for MIT by outpacing the entire field on the anchor. Springfield won the next two events, but the Engineers stayed ahead with a better contingent of depth. Although Tech yielded the 1000 free to senior Dan Moran, Tech gobbled up the next three spots led by rookie Udit Garg.
Senior Matthieu Fuzellier gave MIT its first individual victory in the 100 backstroke. Fuzellier powered ahead with a strong start, then hung on to edge out Roy Burch with a clip of 53.95. Chang followed with a win the 100 breast to keep the Cardinal and Gray ahead, but the Pride assumed control behind a Burch victory in the 50 free and a clean sweep on the one-meter board.
The Engineers answered Springfield's assault with a tremendous race in the 100 free. Josiah Rosmarin led from the gun to take the top spot in 49.30, although rookie Peter Wellings stunned the home crowd by snatching second place from Burch with a split of 49.40. Fuzellier closed in fourth (49.64).
The Pride won the last four events, including a one-two finish in three-meter diving led by reigning NCAA Champion, Mike Shaw. Although Dan Moran captured the 200 IM in the final individual event of the meet, Chang, Hu and Fuzellier took the next three spots as the Engineers remained resilient until the end.