CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On the final day of the Winter Invitational, the MIT men's swimming and diving team earned another nine NCAA B cuts in the morning and three A cuts and 12 B cuts at night, bringing their total to an impressive 35 national cuts over the weekend. The Engineers finished first with 1,445 points, followed by Keene state with 682, Harvard with 553, Tufts with 409, Wheaton with 286, Bowdoin with 264 and Colby with 94.
The first B cut came in the opening event of the night, the 200 yard medley relay, which touched first with a time of 1:32.54, less than two seconds off the A cut. In the 400 yard Individual Medley, freshman Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.) touched first in 4:00.86 and junior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) was third in 4:05.87, both of them well inside the B cut. MIT's best showing was in the 100 yard butterfly, where the Engineers took first through fifth. Senior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) came first in 48.86, improving his time for the season by a few hundredths of a second, and freshman Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) was second in 49.95, earning the B cut. Sophomore Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) was third in 50.90, freshman Luke Schlueter (St. Louis, Mo.) was fourth in 50.97 and sophomore Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mass.) was fifth in 51.84.
The 200 yard freestyle was another strong event for MIT swimmers, who took five of the top six places. Freshman Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) touched first in 1:40.68, getting a best time by almost four seconds and a B cut at the same time. Senior Max Pruner (Sioux Falls, S.D.) was third in 1:42.39, freshman Langston Fitts (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) was fourth in 1:42.90, senior Tony Chen (Clemmons, N.C.) was fifth in 1:43.31 and freshman Michael Lu (Scarsdale, N.Y.) was sixth in 1:43.70. The Engineers went on to take first through third in the 100 yard breaststroke, with junior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) winning in 56.52 and senior Brendan Deveney (Newtown, Conn.) finishing second in 57.57, both getting B cuts. Sophomore Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.) was third in 58.10.
In the 1650 yard freestyle at the opening of the final session, MIT captured second, third, fourth and sixth place. Lu finished second in 16:15.49 and junior Timothy Wall (Newtown, Pa.) was third in 16:16.23, both earning B cuts. Pruner was fourth in 16:37.16 and freshman Evan Olin (Ossining, N.Y.) finished sixth in 17:00.31. In the 200 yard backstroke, the Engineers took the top six spots and all of them got B cuts. Freshman Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.) won in 1:50.24, just a second off the A cut. Fellow freshman Bradford Jokubaitis (Newtown, Pa.) was second in 1:51.01, Deveney was third with a time of 1:52.07, Corcoran was fourth in 1:52.08, Lednev was fifth in 1:52.31 and senior Ron Rosenberg (Newton, Mass.) was sixth in 1:52.76.
After MIT took seven of the top ten places in the 100 yard freestyle, Liao followed with a win in the 200 yard breaststroke in 2:02.40, getting an A cut, a best time and his own school record from last year. Bauchwitz was second in 2:06.41, earning a B cut. In the 200 yard butterfly, Schlueter came first in 1:49.77, breaking the school record from the 2010-11 season and getting an A cut. Norris was second in 1:50.09, also getting the A cut and beating the school record, and Mock was third in 1:50.61, getting the B cut. In the 400 freestyle relay, MIT came first with a 3:00.92 and second in 3:04.98, wrapping up the meet in style.
MIT will return to action on January 11 when it faces Williams College at 4:00 p.m.