Jan. 20, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Craig Edwards, sophomore Deke Hu and freshman Rastislav Racz each picked up a pair of individual victories on Saturday afternoon in the Zesiger Pool, but it wasn't enough for MIT to overcome Tufts University, as the Engineers fell, 158-136.
The loss, which was Tech's first of the 2006-07 campaign, dropped MIT's record to 6-1. The Jumbos, who entered the meet hot on the heels of a victory over Div. I Boston College on Wednesday night, raised their record to 8-1 with the victory.
Edwards was dominant in the backstroke events, picking up first-place in both the 100-yard (53.82) and 200-yard (1:57.98), while Hu earned maximum points in the 200-yard butterfly (1:59.58) and the 400-yard individual medley (4:20.98).
Racz, who has impressed throughout his freshman season, lowered his NCAA "B" cut time in the 100-yard breaststroke for the second time this season. On this occasion, he clocked in at 58.24, earning the victory in the process. The Bratislava, Slovakia, native also led a 1-2 Tech finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching the wall first with a time of 2:09.22, while teammate Kalvin Kao followed up closely at 2:14.25.
The Engineers also notched a pair of relay victories, in both the 200-yard medley and the 400-yard freestyle. The medley team consisted of Edwards, Racz, Hu and Luke Cummings, while the freestyle team was comprised of Edwards, Cummings, Jeff Zhou and Peter Wellings.
Tufts was led by Gregory Bettencourt and Patrick Kinsella, who each picked up multiple victories. Bettencourt finished first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.28), the 100-yard freestyle (47.90) and the 100-yard butterfly (52.60), while Kinsella won the 1000-yard freestyle (10:04.30) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:52.32).
The Engineers will return to the water on Saturday, Jan. 27, when they travel to Amherst College to take on the Lord Jeffs in a meet that will begin at 1:00 p.m. The Jumbos will next compete when they host Bates College and Wheaton College that same day at 12:00 p.m.