With Records Continuing to Fall, Men's Swimming and Diving Widens Leads at NEWMAC Championships

 

NORTON, Mass. - MIT began to pull away from the seven-team field through day two of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Swimming & Diving Championship, as the Engineers were victorious in five of the eight finals events on Saturday at Wheaton College's Balfour Natatorium. MIT extended its lead on three-time defending champion Coast Guard, with the Engineers tallying 687 points to the Bears' 542.5. Springfield College remained in third with 425 points.

MIT opened the second day of finals with its third relay victory in as many attempts. The team of Jeff Zhou, Rastislav Racz, Laurent Charpentier, and Luke Cummings swam 1:32.45 for the win in the 200 medley relay, although the Engineers set NEWMAC championship and open records, and an Institute record while securing an NCAA "A" cut during the morning with a time of 1:31.41.

Freshman Tim Stumbaugh earned second-team All-Conference accolades after finishing second overall in the 400 IM. Breaking a seven-year school record, Stumbaugh secured NCAA "B" cuts with a time of 4:06.85. Freshman Jim Griffin finished fourth for MIT in the race, while sophomore Eric Roselli closed in fifth.

Zhou and rookie Brett Boval each grabbed NCAA "B" cuts in the 100 fly, with Zhou earning second-team All-Conference honors in 50.75, and Boval taking the bronze in 50.87. Freshman Matt Chapa finished seventh, while Toomas Sepp and Deke Hu finished 1-2 in the consolation final as MIT collected big points in the event.

Charpentier authored MIT's first individual win of the evening after taking the conference title in the 200 free. Charpentier smashed his school record by nearly a full second while earning NCAA "B" cuts in 1:40.69. Senior Peter Wellings secured fourth place in the championship final (1:43.62) and freshman Andrew Pierson closed in sixth (1:43.68). Swimming out of the consolation final, sophomore Michael Dobson split a career-best 1:42.50.

Racz was absolutely stunning in his first-place effort during the 100 breast, demolishing the existing Institute record and all NEWMAC records with an NCAA "A" cut time of 54.99. The junior star split 25.84 for the first 50 yards and hung on for a four-second victory. Freshman David Parell delivered a career-best 58.98 to finish fourth, while Hu finished fifth in 59.29.

Stumbaugh nabbed his first conference victory in the 100 back to continue a stellar day in the water for the rookie and the Engineers. Earning NCAA "B" cuts while posting the second-best performance by an MIT swimmer in the event, Stumbaugh finished in a time of 51.68. Ryan TerBush finished fourth overall, while Boval claimed first place in the consolation final.

MIT closed out the session with another record-breaking swim in the 800 free relay. Besting the Institute and NEWMAC records by two seconds, the team of Pierson, Wellings, Dobson, and Charpentier completed the race in an NCAA "B" cut time of 6:50.96.