Seven MIT Records Fall at Day 2 of Championships

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Seven Institute records were shattered on day two of the 2010 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, as Anna Kokensparger and two men’s relays achieved All-American status, leaving Tech’s men and women 6th and 9th place, respectively, halfway through the meet.

Kokensparger attained her second individual All-American honors with her swim in the 100 Fly, finishing 7th in the championship heat. In the 200 Free Relay, the freshman teamed with junior Amy Jacobi and freshmen Nicole Wang and Elina Hu to break their previous MIT record with their 10th place swim (1:35.09); Jacobi also set a team record in the 50 Free with her opening split (23.76).

In the day’s second relay, Hu, Kokensparger, Jacobi and sophomore Sydney Giblin finished 10th again (3:53.90), bettering their seed time and former Institute record by nearly five seconds.

On the men’s side, freshman Brendan Deveney stole the MIT 400 IM record back from teammate Tim Stumbaugh in the preliminaries (4:00.41); he finished 15th in the event.

In the 100 Fly, freshman Wyatt Ubellacker opened his preliminary race with a blistering, school-record split of 22.55, but was unable to hold the pace, slipping to finish 17th. Junior Toomas Sepp fared better in the event, setting the Institute record at 49.95 in the prelims before finishing 12th overall (49.98). On the other side of the 50-second mark, senior Jeff Zhou finished 13th (50.17).

Zhou, Ubellacker, sophomore Brett Boval and senior Luke Cummings added to the All-American honors with their 4th-place swim in the 200 Free Relay (1:22.23).

Freshman Ron Rosenberg and Sepp received their first All-American awards when, with Cummings and senior Rastislav Racz, they finished 5th in the 400 Medley Relay (3:20.49), breaking yet another MIT record.

Action continues Friday with the Engineers competing in the 200 Fly, 100 Back, 100 Breast and 800 Free Relay.

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Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. (EDT) each day with finals commencing at 7 p.m.