Feb. 3, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT's men's swimming and diving team honored the careers of its graduating seniors this weekend by putting on an impressive display in the MIT Invitational, held over the course of two days in the Zesiger Pool. The Engineers welcomed Middlebury College, Tufts University, Wheaton College and Williams College to the meet, which served as a tune-up for postseason competition.
When the proceedings got under way on Friday night, the Engineers didn't disappoint. The 400-yard medley relay team outpaced all of its competitors with a time of 3:30.61, just over one second off the NCAA "B" cut. Tech's 400-yard freestyle relay team was victorious as well, clocking in with a winning time of 3:14.36.
On Saturday, freshman sensation Rastislav Racz was once again dominant in the breaststroke events, winning both the 100-yard (58.22) and 200-yard (2:10.92) versions. The Bratislava, Slovakia, native's time in the 100-yard was good enough for an NCAA "B" cut, while his time in the 200-yard was nearly a full four seconds better than his closest competitor.
Head coach Dawn Gerken reserved special praise for another freshman, Ken Warnock. His time of 10:24.28 in the 1000-yard freestyle was not only tops among all MIT swimmers, but was also a personal best in the event.
"Our distance team really impressed me," said Gerken. "Ken Warnock's lifetime best in the 1000 free was a great, well-paced swim."
The Engineers now have almost three weeks to rest and recuperate before heading to Norton, Mass., for the 2007 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Championship, hosted by Wheaton College. The festivities begin on Friday, Feb. 23 and will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 25.