March 21, 2005

Engineers Net 10th-Place National Finish

March 20, 2005

HOLLAND, Mich. - MIT men's swimming and diving finished 10th overall at the NCAA Championships out of 57 scoring teams, equaling its best result in the team standings since 1984. Four of Tech's relays finished among the top ten, while sophomore Craig Edwards swam to All-American accolades in both backstroke events.

In the last event of the Championships, the Engineers won the consolation heat of the 400 free relay, securing its fourth top-ten relay finish. The team of Jonathan Varsanik, Mattieu Fuzellier, Grady Snyder and Craig Edwards split 3:06.02 to post the seventh-fastest mark in the event.

The Engineers finished second in the consolation finals of the 200 free relay, while the medley relay teams earned All-America honors after placing among the top five.

Craig Edwards was Tech's top individual at the meet, earning All-America honors in the 100 and 200 backstroke for the second consecutive year. He was also the only swimmer to appear on all four relays, copping four All-American citations on the weekend.

Kenyon won the team championship for the 26th consecutive time, continuing its dominance over the sport. NEWMAC-rival Springfield College finished ninth overall behind NCAA Diver of the Meet Mike Shaw, who won both events. MIT finished among the top ten for the first time since 1984. The Engineers earned their highest placing at nationals with a seventh-place finish in 1982.