December 9, 2013

Tech Earns NEWMAC Swimmer and Relay of the Week Accolades

BOSTON, Mass. – Following a successful weekend at the MIT Winter Invitational, the MIT men's swimming and diving team earned two New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) weekly awards. The 400-yard freestyle relay that was made up of juniors Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) and Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.), sophomore Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) and senior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia), won Relay of the Week, while Fathman was also named Swimmer of the Week for his six first-place finishes. This is the second week in a row that the Engineers swept both swimming awards.

At the two-day, three-session meet, the Engineers earned an impressive 43 NCAA B cuts and broke two school records, winning 12 of the events and ending the weekend over 300 points ahead of second-place Keene State. To end the meet, the 400 free relay touched in first place with a 3:01.47, out-touching Keene State's relay by three-tenths of a second with its time of 3:01.75.

Throughout the weekend, Fathman was part of four winning relays and won two individual events of his own. In addition to the 400 free relay, he swam in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:21.49) that out-touched Keene State's A relay by a tenth of a second, the 400-yard medley relay (3:19.23) and the 200-yard medley relay (1:31.31). Individually, he touched first in the 50-yard freestyle (20.17), third in the 100-yard butterfly (49.67) and first in the 100-yard freestyle (45.07). He is currently first in the nation in the 50 free. He was also named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Week for his performances.

This was Tech's final meet of the 2013 portion of the season. MIT will next compete at home on Saturday, Jan. 11 against Coast Guard.