WORCESTER, Mass. - On the penultimate day of the 2014 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships at WPI, the MIT men's swimming and diving team increased its lead, wrapping up the evening with 1085.5 points. Tech is sitting over 330 points ahead of host WPI in second place with its 751.5 points. All five individual swimming events and the relay were won by Engineers.
Sophomore Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.) got the night started by setting a new NEWMAC and meet record in the 400-yard Individual Medley, touching in first place with an NCAA B cut time of 3:55.42 and winning the event by over 12 seconds. Also swimming in finals were freshman Jeremy Ellison (Carmel Ind.) and sophomore Evan Olin (Ossining, N.Y.), who placed fifth and seventh with times of 4:10.12 and 4:12.46 respectively.
Tech's second victory of the evening came in the next event, the 100-yard butterfly, when sophomore Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) came first with a B cut of 49.78. Juniors Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) and Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) were fifth and seventh with times of 51.61 and 51.91. MIT's lone representative in the consolation final was sophomore Michael Chen (Warrington, Pa.), who touched in 14th place with his time of 53.05.
Taking his spot at the top of the podium was senior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) with his winning B cut time of 1:40.08 in the 200-yard freestyle. Junior Michael Everett (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was fifth in 1:42.69 and sophomore Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) came in sixth place with a time of 1:43.20. Three Engineers placed well in the consolation final, with sophomores Luke Schlueter (St. Louis, Mo.) and Michael Lu (Scarsdale, N.Y.) coming in 11th and 13th place with times of 1:43.45 and 1:44.33, and freshman John Matthews (Yorktown, Va.) touching in 1:46.09 to take 17th place.
Senior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) won the 100-yard breaststroke with a B cut of 55.85, finishing less than half a second ahead of the second place finisher. In his second final of the evening, Bauchwitz finished in sixth with a 58.20, while freshman Eric Dahlseng (Dassel, Minn.), in his first collegiate NEWMAC final, touched in seventh place with a time of 58.49. In the consolation final, junior Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.) was 11th in 59.20, freshman Alexander Luh (San Jose, Calif.) was 12th with a 59.31 and sophomore Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) finished in 20th place in 1:01.95.
Leading the way in the 100-yard backstroke was sophomore Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.), who claimed first place with a new meet record of 49.98, easily earning a B cut time. Corcoran came in third place with a 51.18 and fellow sophomore Brad Jokubaitis (Newtown, Pa.) was fourth in 51.20, with both swimmers getting B cuts. On the 1-meter diving board, both MIT divers improved from prelims to earn zone-qualifying scores. Senior Danil Tyulmankov (Stamford, Conn.) came in second place with a score of 503.45, while freshman Harry Lubowe (Laguna Hills, Calif.) was fifth with a 458.35.
Tying the NEWMAC meet record was the 200-yard medley relay, which placed first with a B cut time of 1:31.41. Made up of Mattix, Liao, Corcoran and Fathman, the Engineers touched over a second ahead of WPI's relay with its time of 1:32.56.
MIT will return to the pool tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. for the final day of the NEWMAC Championships.