Nov. 13, 2004
NEW LONDON, Conn. - The first dual meet of the season for the MIT Engineers ended in defeat as NEWMAC-rival Coast Guard scored a 143-91 victory. Tech entered Saturday's tilt with a depleted lineup, and the lack of depth proved critical, as Coast Guard won eight individual events.
Rookie Kalvin Kao enjoyed a strong debut performance, winning two individual events. Kao turned in a fine early-season split in the 200 IM (1:59.63), before taking the top spot in the 200 back (2:00.10) with another great effort. Kao came close to securing a third win in the 200 breast, but a strong start by the Bears' Ryan Caple and Doug Fallon held off a surging Kao, who finished third.
Jonathan Varsanik also swam well, finishing first overall in the 50 free (21.93). In addition, he was a member of the 200 medley relay, which opened the meet optimistically with a convincing victory. Mattieu Fuzellier, JP Carlucci and Mike Dimitriou teamed with Varsanik for a 1:38.22 split, over two seconds ahead of the Bears' unit.