MIT Men's Swimming & Diving Claims 6th Straight NEWMAC Title

WORCESTER, Mass. - No. 6MIT's men's swimming and diving team captured its sixth consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title on Sunday evening. Tech wrapped up the four-day meet with 1608.5 points, which is 400 more points than it scored last year. Host WPI was second with 1103.5 and Coast Guard came in third with 874.5. Throughout the weekend, the Engineers won 10 of the events, earning 14 NCAA B cuts and setting five records.

Sophomore Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) won the first individual event of the day, the 1650-yard freestyle with an B cut time of 16:11.64, touching almost nine seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Senior Tim Wall (Newtown, Pa.) placed third with a 16:24.82.

Tech sophomores took the top three spots in the 200-yard backstroke, with all three getting B cuts in the process. Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.) won his second event of the weekend with his time of 1:49.78, while Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.) was second in1:50.6 and Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) came in third in 1:51.47.

In the consolation final of the 100-yard freestyle, sophomore Michael Lu (Scarsdale, N.Y.) took 15th in 47.81. Five of the top 10 finishers in the championship final were Engineers. Junior Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) was second in 45.96, touching less than three tenths of a second behind Christian Brindamour of Coast Guard who came in first. Sophomore Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) was third in 46.14, classmate Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) came in seventh with a 47.13 and juniors Michael Everett (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.) were eighth and ninth with times of 47.28 and 47.92 respectively.

Freshman Alexander Luh (San Jose, Calif.) was the lone MIT representative in the consolation final of the 200-yard breaststroke, coming in 14th place and earning nine points with his time of 2:10.81. Senior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) improved by over two seconds from his morning swim to finish in second place with a B cut time of 2:02.78, while junior Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) took third in 2:04.35, also getting the B cut. Freshmen Jeremy Ellison (Carmel, Ind.) and Eric Dahlseng (Dassel, Minn.) rounded out the top 10 with their times of 2:09.75 and 2:10.77 to take ninth and 10th.

Tech's strongest event was the 200-yard butterfly, where it took first through fifth place, earning an impressive 112 points. Senior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) secured his second victory of the weekend with a time of 1:50.46, touching just three tenths of a second off the NEWMAC meet record from 2011. Sophomores Luke Schlueter (St. Louis, Mo.) and Norris were second and third with times of 1:50.49 and 1:51.76, with all three Engineers getting B cuts. Wall took fourth with a time of 1:54.00 and sophomore Evan Olin (Ossining, N.Y.) was fifth in 1:54.49.

A handful of Engineers time trialed events before the end of the meet. Mock swam the 100-yard butterfly, touching with a time of 49.78, which would have tied him for first place if he had swam the event yesterday. Everett swam a 1:43.40 in the 200-yard freestyle, while Liao and Fathman time trialed the 100-yard Individual Medley, touching with times of 52.04 and 58.05 respectively. Dahlseng raced the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing with a time of 59.20.

To end the weekend, the MIT 400-yard freestyle A relay took the win with a time of 3:02.84, touching just four tenths of a second ahead of WPI's A relay. The relay, made up of Mock, Neubieser, Bauchwitz and Fathman, broke the pool record.

In all, the Engineers earned 22 NEWMAC All-Conference honors.

Tech's divers will compete at the NCAA Diving Regionals, which will take place from Friday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 1 at RPI. After that, the Cardinal and Gray will not compete until the NCAA Championships, which are set to take place from Wednesday through Saturday, March 19-22 at Indiana University.

To watch the 2013 NEWMAC Swimming and Diving Highlight Video, click here 

Men's Team Rankings
1. MIT 1608.5
2. WPI 1103.5
3. Coast Guard 874.5
4. Springfield 804
5. Wheaton 797.5
6. Babson 542
7. Clark 377