No. 11 MIT Slays Tufts to Stay Perfect
Jan. 24, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT extended its perfect record to 7-0 with a 182-116 victory over Tufts University in Zesiger Pool on Saturday. Tim Stumbaugh was sensational as the reigning NEWMAC Swimmer of the Week, while the Engineers enjoyed 1-2-3 sweeps in three individual events.
Stumbaugh sparked MIT’s seventh consecutive team win with a 53.2 back stroke split to lead off the 400 medley relay. Jeff Zhou delivered a solid 51.39 in the fly, and with Rastislav Racz and Luke Cummings completing the circuit, MIT boasted nearly a three-second victory after finishing in 3:30.93. While his lead off leg in the relay was arguably his strongest swim of the day, Stumbaugh once again swept both individual back stroke events, while he added a third win in the 400 IM. Stumbaugh swam 54.13 to keep ahead of classmate Ryan TerBush, who finished second in 54.61. He split 1:57.14 to ignite a strong 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 back, with rookie Jim Griffin and TerBush finishing second and third. Stumbaugh also paced a 1-2-3 finish for the Engineers in the 400 IM as Griffin and Eric Roselli grabbed the next two spots.
Michael Dobson also enjoyed a strong day, finishing first with a time of 4:49.79 in the 500 free after taking first in the 1000 with a time of 10:06.49. Dobson’s victory in the 1000 came in spectacular fashion as he orchestrated a great comeback in the final 200 yards to overtake Tufts’ Joe Lessard (10:07.80).
Laurent Charpentier joined Stumbaugh and Dobson as the only competitors to author at least two individual wins. Charpentier led from the gun to easily win the 200 free, while he held off Cummings to take first in the 100 free with a time of 47.06.
Cummings secured a win in the 50 free, swimming 21.45 to close just ahead of Jeff Zhou (21.60). He also anchored the medley relay while leading off Tech’s winning 200 free relay, which used Charpentier’s anchor split of 20.80 to finish in 1:24.98.
Earning two wins as part of a relay, Zhou also won in the individual ranks with a first-place effort in the 100 fly (52.00). Alejandro Dos Reis also finished on top, winning the 200 breast in 2:13.58.
In maybe MIT’s most impressive showing of the day, Matt Chapa split 1:59.07 to lead a very strong 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 fly. Deke Hu finished second with a time of 2:00.04, while Toomas Sepp went 2:00.22 as all three swimmers finished nearly four seconds ahead of the Jumbos’ top entry.