March 21, 2013

Ubellacker Finishes 1st in 100 Fly, Mock Touches 2nd in 200 Free on Exciting 2nd Day of NCAAs

SHENANDOAH, Texas - The MIT men's swimming and diving team returned to the Conroe Natatorium on the second day of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship, sending three back to championship finals in individual events. Senior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.), who was the national champion in the 50-yard freestyle last night, added another national title to the list when he won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 47.41. Junior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) was the national runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:37.85. The Engineers remain in third place with 204 points, behind Denison in second with 228 and Kenyon in first with 286.

In the two short days that the Engineers have been in Texas, five individual and two MIT relay records have fallen.

Also competing at night was freshman Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.), who swam in his first individual final for the week, the 400-yard Individual Medley, coming in sixth with a 3:56.63. At this morning's prelims session, he finished in fourth place with his time of 3:55.67, crushing his own record from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMC) championship last month by almost three full seconds.

In prelims of the 100 fly, Ubellacker moved up from seventh to first with his time of 47.34, breaking both his own MIT school record by over a second and the NCAA record of 47.43 that had remained untouched since 2000. At finals, he held on to the top spot, touching in 47.41, almost a second ahead of James Chapman from Kenyon College.

This morning, Mock moved up 11 spots in the 200 free to settle in fifth place with a time of 1:38.65, dropping a second and a half from his swim at NEWMACs. In finals, the junior touched the wall in second place in 1:37.85, finishing after Austin Caldwell of Kenyon, who won the title with a 1:37.01. With his time, Mock broke the MIT record of 1:38.35 from the 2010-11 season.

The 200 free relay, that was composed of sophomore Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.), Ubellacker, fellow senior Brendan Deveney (Newtown, Conn.) and Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) touched the wall in 1:19.74, finishing in second place to Kenyon, who earned a time of 1:18.96. The Engineers cut almost a second off their time from this morning, breaking the MIT school record for the second time today.

In the final event of finals, the 400 medley relay, the combined effort of freshman Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.), junior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.), Ubellacker and Cheney touched in third place with a time of 3:15.89. They cut almost two seconds off their time for this morning and broke the MIT record from the 2011-12 season by four full seconds.

At prelims, freshman Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) narrowly missed out on making finals when he tied for 18th in the 100 fly with his time of 49.32. Classmate Luke Schlueter (St. Louis, Mo.) moved up from 43rd to 26th when he went 49.75, dropping a second from his time from NEWMACs. Sophomore Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) came in 32nd with a 50.05.

In the 200 free this morning, freshman Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) dropped nine one-hundredths of a second when he went 1:40.59, coming in 31st place. Senior Tony Chen (Clemmons, N.C.) came in 41st in 1:42.10.

MIT will return to action tomorrow morning with the 200-yard butterfly, which will be followed by the 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke and 800-yard freestyle relay. Prelims every day will start at 10:00 a.m. CDT/11:00 a.m. EST and finals will begin at 6:00 p.m. CDT/7:00 p.m. EST.

Live stats- http://collegeswimming.us/results/21478/

Video- http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2013/03/22