Nov. 9, 2008
NORTON, Mass. – The Engineers returned to Balfour Natatorium for the second consecutive week and left with another convincing effort showcasing Tech’s strength in the New England region. MIT defeated league-rival Wheaton College in the season’s first dual meet, 165-95.
The Engineers enjoyed a terrific start after taking the top three spots in the 200 medley relay. Freshman Ryan TerBush, junior Rastislav Racz, senior Laurent Charpentier, and junior Luke Cummings combined to swim 1:38.30 for the victory with Charpentier’s fly split of 23.58 highlighting the effort.
MIT was even more dominant in the afternoon’s first individual event. Led by sophomore Michael Dobson, who swam 10:12.53, the Engineers swept the top four places in the 1000-yard free. The first two events set the tone for the day as the Engineers produced the four-fastest swims in the 200 free before sweeping the top three places in the 100 back and 100 breast. Charpentier split 1:47.60 to pace the attack in the 200 free while rookie Tim Stumbaugh and Racz grabbed the top spot in the back and breast, respectively. Stumbaugh’s winning split of 54.16 provided an especially solid early-season swim.
Stumbaugh, who later in the meet produced the fifth-best 200 back time in MIT lore (1:58.76), led another 1-2-3 finish while Racz paced a similar effort in the 200 breast.
By the time the meet reached the 500 free, the scoring was over as the Engineers (1-0) had ensured their first win of the campaign. MIT supplied the fastest swim in every event, while freshmen Chao He delivered victories in both diving events.
Cummings enjoyed another big day as he factored into four victories: 200 medley relay, 50 free, 100 free, and 200 free relay. The Engineers also received encouraging performances from their strong rookie class. Jim Griffin and Andrew Pierson each split 2:02 lead a strong contingent of first-year performers in the 200 individual medley.