January 18, 2014

MIT Men's Swimming and Diving Defeats Tufts at Home

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - After changing the location of the meet due to facility problems at Tufts University's pool, the MIT men's swimming and diving team hosted the Jumbos over the weekend, winning by a score of 190-110. Of the 16, the Engineers were victorious in 11 of them.

Tech's divers got things started on Friday evening, competing on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, wrapping the session up with 11 points compared to the Jumbos' 27. On 3-meter, senior Danil Tyulmankov (Stamford, Conn.) came in second place with a score of 340.35, improving from last weekend by almost 40 points, and freshman Harry Lubowe (Laguna Hills, Calif.) was third with 311.48. Both Engineers earned zone-qualifying scores. On 1-meter, Lubowe earned his second qualifying score of the day with a score of 280.80 to take third. Tyulmankov was fourth with 274.80.

To start the swimming portion of the meet on Saturday, MIT took the top two spots in the opening event, the 200-yard medley relay. Tech's A relay, made up of sophomore Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.), senior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.), sophomore Luke Schlueter (St. Louis, Mo.) and junior Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.), came in first place with a time of 1:33.28. The B relay, which was composed of sophomore Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.), junior Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.), sophomore Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) and senior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia), touched soon after in 1:36.08.

In the 1,000-yard freestyle, sophomore Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) out-touched a Tufts swimmer by just a second and a half with his time of 9:48.55. Mattix picked up two more wins, first winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 51.23 before claiming first place in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:53.12. Following closely behind Mattix in the 200 back were three other Engineers, all of whom are part of the sophomore class; Brad Jokubaitis (Newtown, Pa.) came in second with a time of 1:54.04, Corcoran was third in 1:54.40 and Lednev touched in fourth place with a 1:58.35.

Liao led a group of three MIT swimmers in the 100-yard breaststroke, touching in 56.56, and was followed by freshman Alexander Luh (San Jose, Calif.) in second place with a 59.83 and Lednev in third in 1:01.12. Something very similar happened a few short events later when Liao came in first in the 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:08.41 and Luh took second in 2:11.01.

Chiu's first individual win of the day came in the 50-yard freestyle, touching with a time of 21.22 and Fathman took second in 21.54. Neubieser came in second place in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:44.19 and, a few events later, won the 100-yard freestyle in 47.21. In the final individual event of the day, the 200-yard Individual Medley, Lednev touched first with a 1:58.05 and Schlueter came into the wall just hundredths of a second later with a 1:58.13. To end the day, the MIT 400-yard freestyle A relay touched in first place with a 3:07.45 and the Engineers' B relay was second in 3:13.21.

MIT will be on the road on Friday, Jan. 24 when it faces Williams College at 4:00 p.m. The following day, Saturday, Jan. 25, the Cardinal and Gray will return home to host Amherst College at 1:00 p.m.