November 19, 2011

MIT Swimming and Diving Picks up Wins in Maine

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Both MIT swimming and diving squads ventured north to Bowdoin College today for a dual meet against the host Polar Bears and NEWMAC foe Babson College. The trip proved to be a successful one as both of the Engineers' teams picked up a pair of wins. The men's squad came away with 222-76 win over Bowdoin and a 235-53 victory over Babson. On the women's side MIT came away with a 212-87 decision over Bowdoin and a 244-48 win over Babson.

MIT was dominant on the men's side, winning 15 of the 16 events. Sophomore Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) won a pair of events for the Engineers, sweeping both breaststrokes. In the 100 he bested the field with a 57.59, an NCAA 'B' cut, and a 2:07.89 in the 200. Joining Liao as a double winner was junior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.). He achieved NCAA 'B' cuts in both of his victories, taking the 50 Free in 20.88 and the 100 Fly in 49.99.

Freshman Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) had a solid afternoon, winning the 200 Free in 1:44.41 and finishing fourth in the 100 Free. Sophomore Colby Dunn (Weston, Mass.) won that 100 Free race in 46.33 and also anchored the victorious 400 Medley and 400 Free relays.

On the women's side sophomore Katelyn Rossick (Middletown, Md.) had a big afternoon, winning three individual events to lead both of the Engineers' teams. She took home the wins in the 200 Fly with an effort of 2:14.27, the 200 Back in 2:11.33 and the 200 IM, touching home in 2:12.75.  Junior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) won a pair of events for MIT, claiming the 200 Free in 1:55.14, and in the 100 Fly in 58.13. She was also a member of the 400 Medley and the 400 Free relays, both of which were victorious for the Engineers.

Freshman Eann Tuan (Richardson, Texas) just missed an NCAA 'B' cut in the 100 Back, turning in a 58.99 on the leadoff leg of the 400 Medley relay that was just a half second from the qualifying mark. She also took home the win in the individual 100 Back event, stopping the clock with a 59.36. She then made it an individual double by winning the 100 Free in 54.76

Both teams will be back in action after the Thanksgiving break on Dec. 2-3 when the Engineers host the MIT Winter Invitational.