WORCESTER, Mass. - Just a handful of the members of the MIT men's swimming and diving team competed on the opening day of the 2014 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships at WPI on Thursday evening. Tech's divers competed on the 3-meter board while the 800-yard freestyle relay raced on the other side of the pool. After the first day of competition, the Engineers are currently in second place with 122 points, while Springfield College sits in first with 147.
Starting things off were the divers on the 3-meter board. In prelims, freshman Harry Lubowe (Laguna Hills, Calif.) was second with his zone-qualifying score of 464.35 and senior Danil Tyulmankov (Stamford, Conn.) placed fourth with his score of 435.25. At finals, it was Tyulmankov who was second this time, finishing with a score of 479.85, improving greatly from prelims, while Lubowe finished in sixth with a 426.00.
In the first swimming event for the weekend, the 800 free relay, the Engineers finished in second place with their time of 6:49.29, easily earning the NCAA B cut. Coming in first was host WPI with a 6:48.96, touching less than half a second ahead of MIT. Tech's relay, which was composed of sophomores Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.), Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) and Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio), and lone senior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia), came in over a second and a half ahead of Wheaton College in third place. Tech's B relay was eighth with a 6:53.92.
To end the evening, junior Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) swam the 100-yard butterfly time trial, swimming by himself and touching in 51.68, which is just narrowly off the B cut.
Tech will return to the pool tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. for the next session of the meet. The women's 200-yard freestyle relay will get things started and will be followed by the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard Individual Medley, 50-yard freestyle, 400-yard medley relay and women's 1-meter diving.