February 19, 2012

MIT Men Win Fourth Straight NEWMAC Swimming & Diving Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT won its fourth consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference swimming and diving championship this evening in the Zesiger Center pool, leading from start to finish in the three-day event. The Engineers totaled 1,219 points, outdistancing the second-place U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Junior Brendan Deveney (Newton, Conn.) was named the NEWMAC Men's Swimmer of the Year after winning three individual events (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Fly) as well as being on a three winning relays.

MIT started the evening by taking the top two positions in the men's 1,650 Free, as sophomore Carlo Biedenharn (Loveland, Ohio) won it in a B cut time of 15:58.51, with freshman Thomas Finn (North Potomac, Md.) close behind with another B cut effort of 16:04.13. Sophomore Tim Wall (Newtown, Pa.) also turned in a B cut time of 16:11.28 with his fourth-place finish.

In the 200 Back junior Ron Rosenberg (Newton, Mass.) finished second with a B cut time of 1:52.06, with freshman Joshua Vagts (Crofton, Md.) also turning in a B cut time of 1:52.60 to take third in the event.

In the men's 100 Free, MIT showed off its team depth as it went 1-2-3-4. Sophomore Colby Dunn (Weston, Mass.) won it in 45.47, a B cut time, with junior Tony Chen (Clemmons, N.C.) taking second with another B cut effort of 45.75. Junior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) also turned in a B cut time of 45.92 to finish third.

In the 200 Breast the MIT duo of sophomore Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) and senior David Parell (Lexington, Ky.) their 1-2 finish in the 100 Breast on Saturday. Liao broke the MIT and NEWMAC meet and open records with his time of 2:02.60, just 0.05 shy of an NCAA A cut, while Parell turned in a 2:06.72 for second.

In the closest race of the championships, Deveney just out touched WPI's Andrew Lybarger by 0.01 seconds in the 200 Fly with his B cut time of 1:51.54. Sophomore Danil Tyulmankov (Stamford, Conn.) finished third in the men's 1-meter diving, posing an NCAA A cut score of 442.2 that also established a new MIT mark.

In the final event, the 400 Free Relay, MIT capped off its championship with an impressive victory. The team of Chen, Dunn, Deveney and Ubellacker lowered the NEWMAC meet record by over two seconds to 3:00.68, an NCAA A cut.

A number of Engineers also achieved NCAA B cuts during time trial events. Wall swam a 1:50.45 in the 200 Fly, just 0.06 off an A cut, while sophomore Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) and freshman Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) also swam B cuts in the event with times of 1:51.80 and 1:52.60 respectively. In the 100 Fly senior Matt Chapa (Baytown, Texas) turned in a 49.77. In the 100 Back senior Tim Stumbaugh (Loveland, Colo.) swam a 50.87, while in the 200 Back it was junior Brendan Liu (Lake Oswego, Ore.) turning in a 1:52.53. 

Final Men's Scores

1. MIT                   1,219

2. Coast Guard         735

3. Springfield            538

4. Babson                320

5. WPI                     281           

6. Clark                    275

7. Wheaton              216