November 4, 2007

MIT Sweeps Swimming Events at Batterman Relays

Nov. 4, 2007

Complete Results

NORTON, Mass. - MIT's men's swimming and diving team couldn't have had a more successful start to its 2007-08 season, sweeping all nine swimming events at the Batterman Relays on Saturday afternoon. The non-scoring meet, which was hosted by Wheaton College, also included the host Lyons and Tufts University.

The Engineers were aided by a number of fresh faces, as freshmen Michael Dobson, Trace Sauter, Toomas Sepp and Jack Hill all helped the Cardinal and Gray to at least one victory. Meanwhile, junior transfer-student Laurent Charpentier had a brilliant beginning to his MIT career, taking part in five of Tech's triumphs.

Seemingly serving in the roles of the grizzled veterans, the trio of sophomores Jeff Zhou, Rastislav Racz and Luke Cummings continued the incredible form which saw all three travel to the NCAA Championships in their rookie seasons. They teamed with Charpentier to open the afternoon with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay, touching the wall at 1:35.75.

Charpentier then raced to a win in the 500-yard freestyle crescendo relay, swimming with Kalvin Kao, Peter Wellings and Dobson to a time of 4:13.08 - nearly 11 seconds faster than second-place Tufts.

Zhou, Sauter, Sepp and junior Deke Hu won the 200-yard backstroke relay (1:40.48) before Zhou and Sepp returned to win the 200-yard butterfly relay (1:34.19) with Charpentier and Cummings.

Zhou, Cummings and Charpentier were at it again in the next event, taking the top spot in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:15.12) along with Wellings.

The 400-yard IM relay was won by Racz, Hu, Cummings and Kao with a time of 3:46.47, before the 1500-yard freestyle relay team of Dobson, Hill and junior Udit Garg clocked in with the fastest time of 15:05.17.

Hu, Cummings, Kao and Racz joined forces for the 200-yard breaststroke relay, which they won with a mark of 1:53.38, before Cummings picked up his team-leading sixth victory of the day in the final event, the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:27.52), along with Zhou, Wellings and Charpentier.

The Engineers will open their dual meet schedule on Saturday, Nov. 17, when they will travel to Brunswick, Maine, to take on host Bowdoin College and Babson College at 1:00 p.m.