November 22, 2009

Engineers Outswim Babson and Bowdoin

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT men's swimming and diving team traveled to Brunswick, Maine, to face Bowdoin College and Babson College in a tri-meet last Saturday. The Engineers had no trouble with either team and easily downed both the Beavers (226-69) and host Polar Bears (232-57) to close out the fall head-to-head season.

MIT's men touched the wall first in all fourteen swimming events with their only losses coming to Babson's Aaron Paradis, who took first in both one- and three-meter diving. Two Engineers achieved NCAA "B" cut times as Rastislav Racz won the 100 yard breaststroke (57.84) and Brendan Liu finished first in the 200 yard backstroke (1:53.88). In addition, junior Toomas Sepp bettered his personal best with his winning time in the 100 yard butterfly (51.62).

Babson's leading scorers were Paradis and fellow-diver Ryan Pope; the pair secured a 1-2 finish in both diving events.

Bowdoin's top performers included Nathan Mecray, who finished second in both the 100 yard breaststroke and freestyle, and Basyl Stuyvesant, who earned a runner-up finish in the 200 yard backstroke.

The Engineers hit the pool again one more time before winter break as they host several teams, including Bowdoin, for the MIT Invitational on December 4-5. The Beavers will have a chance to rest before their next meet when they travel to Coast Guard on January 12.