CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT men's swimming and diving defeated Babson and Bowdoin at its first official home meet of the 2012-13 season on Saturday afternoon, winning 16 of the 17 events. Nine different Engineers won events, with senior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.), junior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) and freshmen Michael Lu (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.) winning a pair of events each.
Freshman Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) started things off well for MIT with a win in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:39.02, just six seconds off the school record. The second place finisher from Babson touched the wall in 10:06.39.
In the 100 breaststroke, Liao won in 57.89, freshman Dion Low (Valparaiso, Ind.) came in second with a time of 58.76 and classmate Michael Fu (Rockville, Md.) was third in 1:01.61. In the 50 freestyle, the Engineers took the first five places. Ubellacker touched first in 20.15, the exact time he went at NCAAs this past March. He was followed by sophomores Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) with 20.69 and Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.) in 21.18, senior Tony Chen (Clemmons, N.C.) in 21.49 and freshman Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) with a time of 21.76.
Lu first won the 200 freestyle in 1:45.15, a three second improvement from the last time he swam the event, and followed that up with a win in the 500 freestyle in 4:48.50. Besides the 50 freestyle, Ubellacker also won the 100 butterfly in 48.90, touching the wall three seconds before the second place finisher. Liao next won the 200 breaststroke in 2:06.87 and Mattix first won the 100 backstroke in 50.80 before winning the 200 backstroke in 1:53.58. Junior Danil Tyulmankov (Stamford, Conn.) also won both the 1m and 3m diving portions of the meet.
Ubellacker earned NCAA A cuts in the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly and in the lead-off of the 400 freestyle relay, breaking the school record in the 100 free at the same time. He is currently first in the country in all three events.
The Engineers will next host the MIT Invitational from Nov. 30- Dec. 1, where they will most likely face Tufts University, New York University, Wheaton College, Bowdoin College and Colby College, as they have in years past.