March 23, 2013

MIT Men's Swimming Finishes Third at NCAAs, Ubellacker Named Swimmer of the Year

SHENANDOAH, Texas - The MIT men's swimming and diving team finished third overall in the team rankings with 334 points at the 2013 Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, the highest the Engineers have ever placed, having taken fourth the past two years. Last year, MIT scored 235 points. Denison came second with 428 points and Kenyon returned to the top with 499.5 points. Senior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) was named Swimmer of the Year by the College Swim Coaches Association of America for his impressive performances this past week.

Ubellacker kicked things off in the 100-yard freestyle, touching in second place with a time of 44.01. With his time of 43.92 this morning, he crushed his own MIT school record of 44.45 from earlier this season. This past week was an outstanding one for the senior, who took the national title in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, breaking a 13-year-old NCAA record in the latter. The senior, who is a six-time All-American this week alone, was also part of the 200-yard medley relay that finished first and the 200-yard freestyle relay that placed second.

In the consolation final of the 200-yard backstroke, freshman Bradford Jokubaitis (Newtown, Pa.) came fifth with a 1:49.84. This morning, he swam a 1:49.43, cutting a few hundredths of a second off his time from NEWMACs last month. Senior Brendan Deveney (Newtown, Conn.) and freshman Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.), who swam times of 1:48.58 and 1:48.77 respectively at prelims this morning, snuck into the championship final in seventh and eighth place. Deveney moved up to sixth, touching in a 1:48.93 and Lednev stayed true to his seeding, finishing in eighth with a 1:50.73. Deveney's prelims swim was just under his MIT record of 1:48.88 from NEWMACs.

In the final individual event of the meet, the 200-yard breaststroke, junior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) finished in sixth place in the consolation final with a time of 2:03.52, cutting over four seconds off his time from NEWMACs. In the championship final, sophomore Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) came in eighth in 2:04.39. In prelims, he finished in fifth place with a 2:00.75, also cutting four seconds off the time he swam at the conference meet last month.

To close the championship, Deveney, sophomore Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.), junior Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) and Ubellacker swam the 400-yard freestyle relay. In prelims, the Engineers touched with a time of 2:57.39, breaking the MIT school record from the 2011-12 season by over two seconds and placing them first. Due to an early relay start, however, the quartet was disqualified.

At prelims, Cheney tied for 19th place in the 100 free with his time of 45.26. Fathman was 27th with a 45.51 and senior Tony Chen (Clemmons, N.C.) placed 30th in 45.68. In the 200 back, freshmen Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) and Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.) finished in 23rd and 24th with times of 1:51.75 and 1:51.76 respectively.

Over the span of the four-day, eight-session meet, the Engineers earned 20 individual All-America nods for finishing in the top 16 in their respective events. Four of the five relays also earned All-America accolades.