INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For a second straight year the MIT men's swimming and diving squad turned in an outstanding performance, finishing fourth overall at the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. The Engineers finished with a school record total of 235 points, 11 points better than their mark from a year ago.
Junior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) made the first appearance by an Engineer in the evening sessions, taking part in the 100 Freestyle. In the morning preliminary heats he missed matching the Institute record by 0.01 seconds with a 44.79 time. In the finals he finished seventh in 45.11, just 0.03 out of sixth. Swimming in the consolation final in the 100 Free was sophomore Colby Dunn (Weston, Mass.), who finished 13th with an effort of 45.30.
Sophomore Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) earned individual All-America honors for the second time at the championships in the Breaststroke, this time in the 200 Breast. After qualifying for the championship finals with a 2:03.17, he bested that in the evening session by over a half of a second to lower his own school record to 2:02.58, good for a sixth-place finish.
Capping off the championships with the 400 Freestyle relay, MIT continued its strong showing in the relay events. Qualifying to the championship final, the squad of junior Tony Chen (Clemmons, N.C.), Dunn, junior Brendan Deveney (Newton, Conn.) and Ubellacker capped off the meet with a sixth-place finish in 3:01.27. With the finish MIT saw all five of its relays achieve All-America status during the championships.