CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The recent NCAA Division III swimming and diving championships have been dominated by a handful of schools. MIT's men's and women's teams are hoping to give those squads a run for their money this year, and have the talent and numbers to do just that. They will compete in the NCAA men's and women's swimming and diving championships from March 23rd to March 26th in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Engineers will have to contend with some perennial powerhouses, including Emory University, who won last year's women's championship and Kenyon College, who hasn't lost the men's championship since 1979.
Leading the charge for MIT will be nineteen swimmer and divers, ten men and nine women, several of which are seeded very high in their races. MIT has both men's and women's teams in every relay, including the 200 medley, 200 free, 400 medley, 800 free and 400 free. The men will be seeded sixth in both the 400 and 800 meter freestyle relays and third in the 200 free relay, with a qualifying time of 1:21.86. The women qualified eighth in the 200 medley relay and seventh in the 800 free.
NEWMAC rookie of the year Colby Dunn is looking to do big things in his first trip to NCAA Nationals. He will be the fourth seeded swimmer in the 100 freestyle (45.21) and the 7th seed in the 200 free. Dunn will also compete individually in the 50 free, while taking part in the 800 free relay and the 200 free relay. Dunn, the seventh seed in the 50 free (20.54), will be joined by Craig Cheney and Wyatt Ubellacker.
The men's 100 fly is also there for the taking, with third seeded Ubellacker, NEWMAC swimmer of the year, and 10th seeded senior Toomas Sepp competing. Ubellacker will also compete in the 100 free, 50 free, and four of the five relays. The senior Sepp's specialty is the 200 fly, where he will race with the fifth best starting time, while also competing in the 200 IM.
Carlo Biedenharn will swim distance events for MIT, and had the eight best qualifying time for the 1650 free (15:50.4). He will swim in the 500 free and the 200 free, as well as in the 800 free relay. Tony Chen will swim the 100 free as well as the 400 and 800 free relays. Ryan TerBush will compete in three relays for MIT as well as in the 100 back.
Anna Kokensparger is one of the favorites in the women's 200 yard individual medley. She is seeded second overall coming into the race, with a qualifying time of 2:04.99. Kokensparger will also race for MIT in the 100 fly, 200 fly, and in four relays.
It will be a handful of freshman that will swim most of the events for MIT, including Christy Rogers, Calley Murphy, Katelyn Rossick, Morganne Kein and Joanna Yeh. Rogers will swim on three of the relay teams, while also competing in the 50 free, 100 back and 200 back. Rossick will also swim three relays and will join Kokensparger in the 200 IM, while competing individually in the 400 IM. Joanna Yeh will represent the women in the 200 free and 200 fly as well as joining the 200, 400 and 800 free relay teams. Klein will swim the 400 medley relay and the 100 and 200 breasts. Murphy will race in the 200 medley relay with Kokensparger, Rogers and Elina Hu.
Senior Beth Stavely will compete in both 3 meter and 1 meter diving competition for MIT.
Below are the complete listings of Engineers competing at the NCAA National Championships, March 23rd to 26th in Knoxville, Tennessee:
500 Free – Carlo Biedenharn
200 IM - Anna Kokensparger, Katelyn Rossick, BrendanDeveney, Ryan TerBush, Toomas Sepp
50 Free – Christy Rogers, Colby Dunn, Wyatt Ubellacker, Craig Cheney
1 Meter - Beth Stavely
200 MR – Christy Rogers, Calley Murphy, Anna Kokensparger, Elina Hu and Ryan TerBush, Michael Liao, Wyatt Ubellacker, Colby Dunn
200 FR – Christy Rogers, Katelyn Rossick, Joanna Yeh/Sydney Giblin (TBA), Elina Hu and Colby Dunn Craig Cheney, Brett Boval, Wyatt Ubellacker
400 IM – Katelyn Rossick, Brendan Deveney
100 Fly – Anna Kokensparger, Wyatt Ubellacker, Toomas Sepp
200 Free – Joanna Yeh, Colby Dunn, Carlo Biedenharn
400 MR – Christy Rogers, Morganne Klein, Anna Kokensparger, Elina Hu and Ryan TerBush, Michael Liao, Wyatt Ubellacker, Craig Cheney
200 Fly - Joanna Yeh, Anna Kokensparger, Toomas Sepp
100 Back – Christy Rogers, Ryan TerBush
100 Breast – Morganne Klein, Michael Liao
3-Meter – Beth Stavely
800 FR - Joanna, Katelyn, Sydney Giblin, Anna Kokensparger and Brendan Deveney, Carlo Biedenharn, Tony Chen and Colby Dunn
1650 free – Carlo Biedenharn
100 Free – Colby Dunn, Wyatt Ubellacker, Craig Cheney, Tony Chen
200 Back – Christy Rogers, Katelyn Rossick, Brendan Deveney
200 Breast – Morganne Klein, Michael Liao
400 FR – Joanna Yeh, Sydney Giblin, Elina Hu, Anna Kokensparger and Tony Chen, Wyatt Ubellacker, Colby Dunn