November 25, 2013

MIT Receives Two NEWMAC Weekly Honors Following Wins over the Weekend

BOSTON, Mass. Following a strong weekend of competition, the MIT men's swimming and diving team received two conference weekly honors, as announced by the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on Monday afternoon. The 200-yard medley relay that was made up of sophomore Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.), senior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.), sophomore Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) and junior Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) was named Relay of the Week, while Liao also received Swimmer of the Week honors for his individual swims.

Tech traveled to Maine on Saturday for its second meet of the season, ending the day with a 215-82 victory over host Bowdoin College and a 240-57 win over Babson College. MIT won 13 of the events, taking first through third place in an impressive eight events and claiming first through fourth in three of them. To start the meet off, the Engineers' 200 medley relay finished in first place with a time of 1:34.65, winning by over three seconds.

Liao's first individual win came in the 100-yard breaststroke when he swam a 57.74 and finished over a second and a half ahead of the competition. Later on in the day, he went a 2:07.14 in the 200-yard breaststroke, winning the event by seven seconds. He improved in both of his events by over a second from the meet against Springfield College two weeks ago. The senior was also part of the 400-yard freestyle relay that touched in second place with a time of 3:16.10.

Tech will have less than two weeks off before hosting the annual MIT Winter Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7. The first session of the meet will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and two sessions will take place the following day, with one at 10:00 a.m. and the other at 5:30 p.m. MIT has won the meet each year since it was first started during the 2007-08 season.