Men's Swimming and Diving Ends First Day of Invite in First Place

Sophomore Alex Lednev

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - On the opening night of the two-day, three-session MIT Winter Invitational, the MIT men's swimming and diving team won three events and earned seven NCAA B cuts. Tech currently sits in first place with 392.5 points, ahead of Keene State in second with 329.5 points.

It was a race to the finish in the opening event, the 200-yard freestyle relay, with the Engineers coming out on top with their time of 1:21.49, narrowly out-touching the Keene State A relay with its time of 1:21.68. The relay, which was made up of juniors Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) and Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.), sophomore Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) and junior Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.), swam around the same time that earned them a first place finish at last year's Invite. MIT's B relay came in third place in 1:23.58.

In the first individual event of the day, the 500-yard freestyle, senior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) touched in third place with a 4:36.16 and was followed just hundredths of a second later by sophomore Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) with his time of 4:36.22. Both swimmers earned B cuts. In the 200-yard Individual Medley, sophomores Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.) and Luke Schlueter (St. Louis, Mo.) both got B cuts with their times of 1:51.86 and 1:52.94, coming in second and third place respectively. On the 3-meter board, senior Danil Tyulmankov (Stamford, Conn.) was seventh with a score of 264.90.

MIT took the top two spots in the 50-yard freestyle, with both of the swimmers earning B cuts in the process. Fathman touched first in 20.17 and was followed soon after by Chiu with his 20.72. To wrap up the first session, the 400-yard medley A relay, made up of sophomore Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.), senior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.), sophomore Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) and Fathman, was first in 3:19.23, earning the B cut by over five seconds.  The B relay was second in 3:22.75 and the C relay was third in 3:25.46.

Tech returns to the pool early tomorrow morning for the second session of the meet which is due to start at 10:00 a.m. The third and final session of the meet will be swum at 5:30 tomorrow night.