Amherst, Mass. – Despite setting four pool records, the MIT men's swimming program suffered its first defeat of the season on Saturday afternoon, falling to Amherst College 167-131. Ryan Terbush, Michael Liao, Colby Dunn and Wyatt Ubellacker started off the meet by winning the 200 yard medley relay and setting a pool record with a time of 1:33.75. Liao set the pool mark in the 100 yard breaststroke in event #10, winning in 58.34 and would later win the 200 yard breaststroke in 2:08.73.
The other two pool records came in the 100 yard butterfly, which Ubellacker took in a time of 49.72, also good for an NCAA B cut. Dunn, Ubellacker, Tony Chen and Brendan Deveney set a new pool record in the final event, the 400 yard freestyle relay (3:07.15).
Amherst took three events in a row, starting with the sixth event, the 1000 yard free, in which they took the top three spots. The Lord Jeffs also grabbed the top three places in the 100 yard backstroke after Amherst junior Ryan Lichtenfels made an NCAA B cut by winning the 200 yard free in 1:41.04. They did likewise in the 500 yard free, in which Lichtenfels made another B cut (4:35.54) and in the penultimate event, the 200 yard IM.
Dunn won the 100 yard free in 46.24 and sophomore Brendan Liu took the 200 yard backstroke in a time of 1:54.66. Toomas Sepp won the 200 yard fly in 1:53.97 and Ubellacker won the 50 yard freestyle sprint in a tidy 21.31.
MIT was hurt by having only 1 diver in competition. He Chao took fourth in both the 1 meter and 3 meter board, allowing the Lord Jeffs to pick up important points.
The Engineers will travel to Wheaton College on Saturday afternoon, where they will take part in the Wheaton Invitational. The swimming will start at 12 PM.