March 22, 2012

Men’s Swimming Sets Four School Records at NCAAs, Move Up To Fourth

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Standing fifth after the first day of competition at the NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championships yesterday, MIT's men's swim team moved up to fourth after today's competition, setting four school records along the way. Like he did yesterday, junior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) turned in another record-breaking performance, this time in the 100 Butterfly, to lead the Engineers.

Ubellacker turned in an outstanding performance in the morning preliminaries, slicing through the water to a school record time of 48.10, a time that was also the best among all competitors. In the championship final he led after the first 50 yards only to be passed by swimmers from Emory and Denison to finish third in 48.53, his second third-place finish in two days.

Junior Brendan Deveney (Newton, Conn.) also made his second appearance in an individual final during an evening session, taking part in the consolation heat of the 400 IM. In the early session he became the first MIT swimmer to break four minutes in the event, coming home with a time of 3:59.88. During the consolation final he lowered the school record yet again, finishing 13th with his record time of 3:59.64.

Sophomore Colby Dunn (Weston, Mass.) also made it through to the evening session, tuning in a 1:39.20 in the 200 Freestyle in the prelims. Swimming in the consolation final he bettered his morning mark by a tenth of a second, claiming 11th with his time of 1:39.10.

MIT also scored points with a pair of relays. During the preliminaries of the 200 Free Relay the team of Dunn, freshman Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.), Deveney and Ubellacker put another school record in the books, turning in a time of 1:21.24 to qualify for the championship final. There the team turned in a solid fifth-place performance with mark of 1:21.44.

In the final event of the day, the 400 Medley Relay, MIT made it four school records for the day with its performance. The team of Deveney, sophomore Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.), Ubellacker and Dunn qualified for the finals where they blazed to a school record time of 3:19.62 to finish sixth.

MIT will continue at the championships tomorrow through Saturday at the IU Natatorium.