October 27, 2012

Men's Swimming and Diving Kicks Off Season at Batterman Relays

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT men's swimming and diving team started off the 2012-13 season very well, breaking two school records and earning three NCAA cuts in the Charlie Batterman Relays on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers finished first in every event, sometimes finishing as much as 20 seconds ahead of their competition, which included Roger Williams, Wheaton and Bentley.

In the opening event, the 200 medley relay,  freshman Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.), junior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.), senior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) and sophomore Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) finished with a time of 1:31.94, an NCAA B cut. 

As the lead off of the 200 free relay, the final relay of the day, Ubellacker got the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) open record, the NCAA A cut, and both the school and the pool record in the 50 free with a time of 20.09. His fastest time, as of NCAAs in March of this year, was 20.15.

Swimming by himself in a 100 back time trial at the end of the meet, Mattix went 50.19, beating Craig Edwards' record of 50.37 from 2003-04. This was the oldest school record left on the board.

MIT will compete in its first dual meet of the season on Saturday, Nov. 10 when it faces NEWMAC foe Springfield at 1:00 p.m.