INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – On an eventful third day of competition at the NCAA Championships, four members of the MIT men's swimming and diving team swam in the championship finals in their respective events, many of them surpassing their seedings and improving their times. As they have done since the first day of the meet, the Engineers are in fifth place, now with 17 points.
Two Engineers swam in the championship final of the 200-yard butterfly and were seeded just two one-hundredths of a second apart. In prelims, senior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) and sophomore Luke Schlueter (St. Louis, Mo.) both improved by over a second on the times that earned them first and second respectively at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships. In the first event on Friday evening, Mock came in fifth with a time of 1:48.27 and Schlueter was seventh in 1:48.81.
During the morning session, sophomore Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.) moved up six places in the 100-yard backstroke when he touched with a new MIT record of 48.43. At finals, he improved to a 48.35, breaking the school record for the second time today, coming in fifth place.
Senior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.), sitting in eighth place in the championship final of the 100-yard breaststroke, moved up a place to take seventh with a time of 54.99, improving by almost half a second from this morning. His time was just two-tenths of a second off the MIT record from the 2008-09 season.
At prelims this morning, sophomores Brad Jokubaitis (Newtown, Pa.) and Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) were 25th and 27th in the 100 back with times of 50.66 and 50.79 respectively. Tech's 800-yard freestyle relay, made up of junior Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.), sophomore Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.), Lednev and Mock, competed in the afternoon, touching in second with a 6:42.08.
The fourth and final day of the 2014 NCAA Championships will begin at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, starting with the 1650-yard freestyle.