January 22, 2011

#5 Men’s Swimming Cruises in Senior Day

Cambridge, Mass. – The fifth ranked MIT men's swimming team coasted to a victory on Saturday in their last home meet of the season. The Tufts University Jumbos were no match for the Engineers, who celebrated Senior Day with a 200-98 victory.

MIT's A-relay team of Brett Boval, Colby Dunn, Michael Liao and Wyatt Ubellacker had no difficulty picking up the victory in the opening event, the 200 yard medley, winning in a time of 1:34.71 over Tufts' top foursome.

Max Pruner and Carlo Biedenharn went 1-2 in the 1650 yard freestyle, with Pruner's winning time at 16:47.10. Tech also took the top three spots in the 200 yard butterfly, led by Toomas Sepp, who made the most of his senior day by winning in 1:56.64. Pruner also won the 500 yard freestyle, in 4:48.48.

Liao won both breaststroke events for the Engineers, taking the 100 yard in 59.05 and the 200 yard event in a time of 2:13.49. Andrew Pierson needed 1:44.72 to win the 200 yard free. Brendan Liu took the 200 yard IM (1:59.95) and 200 yard backstroke (1:55.58) events.

Ubellacker and Dunn battled to the finish in the 50 yard freestyle sprint, with Ubellacker's 21.24 finish one one hundredth of a second quicker than his teammate's.  Dunn came back and won the 100 yard free in 46.64, the best of four MIT swimmers to finish before a member of the Jumbos.

Not to be outdone, Ubellacker won the 100 yard fly in 50.5 seconds flat.  The two came together again in the final event of the day. Ubellacker and Dunn, joined by Brett Boval and Craig Cheney, won the 200 yard freestyle relay in 1:25.13.

The Engineers will travel to Amherst College for a meet next Saturday with the Lord Jeffs. Tech will take to the pool at 1:00 PM. The Jumbos, after dropping a Sunday dual meet to Boston College, will head into their own Senior Day meet next Saturday against Wheaton.