March 20, 2006

Matthieu Fuzellier Powers MIT at NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships

March 18, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Kenyon College won three of the night's six individual events, highlighted by Andrejs Duda capturing a record-tying ninth individual national title, as the Lords captured an unprecedented 27th consecutive NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championships title at the University of Minnesota's Aquatic Center. Senior Matthieu Fuzellier served as MIT's lone representative at this year's championship; securing five points with a 12th-place finish in the 100 back.

The Lords scored 498 points to outdistance Denison by 153 points, as the Big Red ended with 345 points. The Lords string of titles is unmatched by any other program in NCAA history, male or female, across all three NCAA divisions. The next longest championships streak belongs to the Kenyon women's swimming and diving program, which captured 17 straight titles from 1984-2000.

Fuzellier swam three events at nationals, opening in Friday's preliminaries with the 100 fly. Fuzellier improved his seed time by 1.3 seconds, but the effort was unable to propel Tech's senior into the finals. A strong start put Fuzellier in the mix at the 50-yard mark (23.85), but the field earned its edge coming out of the final turn as Fuzellier finished with a time of 51.86.

After the fly, Fuzellier turned his attention to the 100 and 200 back. Fuzellier shrugged off a slow start in the prelims to power into finals with a 15th-place effort in the 100. In the night session, he grabbed five points for the Engineers while improving three places on the board. A quicker start at finals led to a clip of 51.86, another boost from his national seed. Fuzellier capped his NCAA appearance with a 22nd-place finish in the 200 back (1:53.84).