March 20, 2014

MIT Touches in 2nd in 400 Medley Relay at NCAA Champs

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – On the second day of the 2014 NCAA Division III Championships, the MIT men's swimming and diving team finished in second place in the 400-yard medley relay. Yesterday, the Engineers were national runner-ups in the 200-yard medley relay. Also swimming in finals were sophomores Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.) and Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.), who both competed in the consolation final in their respective events. The Engineers remain in fifth place with 109 points.

Tech's 200-yard freestyle relay started the evening in the consolation heat after going 1:22.49 this morning. The relay, which was composed of juniors Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) and Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.), sophomore Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) and junior Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.), moved up one place to finish in 11th with a time of 1:22.07.

In his second consolation final of the weekend, Lednev raced in the 400-yard IM, finishing in 12th place with a time of 3:58.64 and earning five points toward the Engineers' final score. In the consolation final of the 100-yard butterfly, Corcoran touched in 13th with a time of 49.18, one one-hundredth of a second slower than what he swam this morning.

With its time of 3:16.41 from prelims, the 400 medley relay sat in first place heading into finals, leaving a second gap between it and Denison. At finals, the quartet of sophomore Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.), senior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.), Corcoran and Fathman, were second in 3:15.99, touching the wall less than a second behind Emory and just one-tenth of a second off the MIT record from the 2012-13 season.

This morning, senior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) improved his time in the 200-yard freestyle from his first place finish at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) last month, coming in 19th place with a time of 1:39.95.

Day three of the NCAA Championships will begin at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow with the 200-yard butterfly.