June 7, 2011

Ubellacker Named Academic All-America

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- MIT swimmer Wyatt Ubellacker has been named to the third team of COSIDA's Academic All-America program. As a swimmer, Wyatt earned a spot on the at-large team, the most competitive group as it includes student athletes who compete in a variety of sports, including swimming and diving, men's volleyball, tennis, lacrosse, field hockey and fencing. He was first named to the First Team All-District, which includes all New England states, New York, and several Candian provinces.

Ubellacker, a sophomore from Georgetown, Kentucky, comes off a season where he was named NEWMAC men's swimming Athlete of the Year.

At the NCAA Nationals,Wyatt set an MIT record with seven All-America honors, given to the top eight finishers in each event. The sophomore's best finish was in the 100 butterfly, where he took third overall, setting a new MIT and NEWMAC record in the process with a time of 48.24. Ubellacker also earned All-America in the 50 free with a fifth-place finish and the 100 free with an eighth-place showing, as well as in four of the relays.

Ubellacker also raced in the 400 free relay, which placed second overall, the best result for an MIT relay and only the second time MIT men's swimming has had a runner up showing, and the 200 free relay, which placed fourth at Nationals.

As a sophomore, he owns five MIT swimming records and this season was named both NEWMAC Athlete of the Week and CollegeSwimming.com National Swimmer of the Week. At the conferencechampionship meet, Ubellacker was first team All-Conference in five events, helping MIT to its third straight NEWMAC crown.

Out of the pool, Wyatt worked as a hardware engineer at Lexmark International, Inc., where he designed and implemented a system that increased reading speed almost twenty-fold. He attended the Kentucky Governor's Scholars program and took second place in the Governor's Cup Championship Science Assessment. A major in mechanical engineering and economics, Ubellacker has maintained a 3.68 GPA.

Wyatt is the second straight MIT swimmer to earn Academic All-America recognition, following Jeff Zhou, who was named to the first team last year.