Defending NEWMAC Champion MIT Sweeps Competition to Lead After Day One

NORTON, Mass. - Defending New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's swimming & diving champion Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) got off to a fast start during the first day of competition on Friday, as the Engineers swept all five events during the evening's finals portion at Wheaton College's Balfour Natatorium. MIT racked up 303 points, while United States Coast Guard Academy is a close second with 287 points. Springfield College occupies third place with 158. The three-day competition continues Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

MIT senior Luke Cummings played a role in three event victories, including finishing first in the 50-yard freestyle with an NCAA Championship provisional qualifying time of 21.01 while anchoring the winning 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relay teams. Each relay quartet met NCAA meet B cuts, with the 200 free quartet finishing in 1:23.94 and the 400 medley squad in 3:23.79.

Joining Cummings on the 200 free team were senior Jeff Zhou and freshmen Brendan Deveney and Wyatt Ubellacker. For the 400 medley, Cummings sided with senior Rastislav Racz, junior Toomas Sepp and freshman Ron Rosenberg.

Deveney touched the wall first in the 200-yard individual medley with an NCAA provisional time of 1:54.18, while junior Michael Dobson completed the MIT sweep with a B cut time of 4:36.45 in the 500-yard free. The Engineers also finished second in the 50 free and 200 IM, giving them a total of seven all-conference honors. Zhou notched a provisional standard of 21.17 in the 50 free, while sophomore Matt Chapa recorded a B cut time of 1:54.35 in the 200 IM.

MIT sophomore David Parell (Lexington, KY/Paul Laurence Dunbar) also had an NCAA cut in the 200 IM.

Team Standings
1. MIT - 303 points 

2. Coast Guard Academy - 287 points
3. Springfield College - 158 points
4. WPI - 96 points
5. Clark University - 87 points
6. Babson College - 72 points
7. Wheaton College - 70 points

1st Place (All-NEWMAC 1st Team)
200 freestyle relay MIT 1:23.94 B
(Jeff Zhou, Wyatt Ubellacker, Brendan Deveney, Luke Cummings)
500 freestyle Michael Dobson, MIT 4:36.45 B
200 individual medley Brendan Deveney, MIT 1:54.18 B
50 freestyle Luke Cummings, MIT 21.01 B
400 medley relay MIT 3:23.79 B
(Ron Rosenberg, Rastislav Racz, Toomas Sepp, Luke Cummings)

2nd Place (All-NEWMAC 2nd Team)
200 freestyle relay Coast Guard 1:24.07 B
(Brian McGuiness, Johnson Knox, Brian Bonomi, Dan Beshoar)
500 freestyle Nicholas Poehler, Coast Guard 4:38.08 B
200 individual medley Matt Chapa, MIT 1:54.35 B
50 freestyle Jeff Zhou, MIT 21.17 B
400 medley relay Coast Guard 3:27.40 B
(Timmy Berry, Matthew Odom, Daniel Alley, Johnson Knox)

A - Denotes NCAA Division III National Championship qualifying A standard (automatic)
B - Denotes NCAA Division III National Championship qualifying B standard (provisional)