Edskes Finishes As National Runner-Up In 100-Fly; MIT Eighth Midway Through Nationals

Freshman Bouke Edskes
Freshman Bouke Edskes

 THE BASICS:

- Event: 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship

- Results: 8th - 88 points - After Day Two

- Location: Shenandoah, Texas (Conroe ISD Natatorium)

- The Lead: MIT men's swimming and diving freshman Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) registered a second place finish in the 100-fly, the 400-medley relay team came in eighth and sophomore Brandon McKenzie (Bringantine, N.J.) notched an eighth place finish to highlight the Engineers' efforts on day two of the NCAA Division III National Championship. Midway through nationals in Texas, MIT is in eighth place with 88 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Edskes, who swam a time of 48.26-seconds in the 100-fly during prelims this morning, came back to the pool tonight and knocked 0.85-seconds off his time to finish as the national runner-up and earn All-America honors in a collegiate-best mark of 47.41-seconds. His time was just 0.04-seconds behind national champion Benjamin Lin of Williams College, who touched the wall in 47.37-seconds.

- McKenzie, in the 400-IM, as well as the 400-medley relay team comprised of sophomore Daniel Smith (Lake Forest, Ill.), junior Justin Chiu (Monterey, Calif.), Edskes and junior Jeremy Bogle (Weston, Mass.) earned All-America accolades in their respective events. McKenzie touched the wall eighth overall in the 400-IM in 3:59.96 and the 400-medley relay team closed the second night of competition with an eighth place finish with a time of 3:17.85. In prelims this morning, McKenzie aided the 400-medley relay team to a time of 3:17.51 for fifth place, qualifying the quartet above for the championship final tonight.

- Junior Dougie Kogut (Glen Burnie, Md.), freshman David Morejon (Humble, Texas) and classmate Sam Solomon (Rockville, Md.) all earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in their respective events this evening. Kogut placed 15th in the 100-fly with a time of 49.22-seconds, Morejon swam a time of 1:39.19 for 13th in the 200-free and Solomon notched a 16th place finish with a score of 383.20 on the 1-meter board. During prelims, Morejon's time of 1:38.97 in the 200-free was a collegiate-best for the freshman.

- In addition, the MIT men had a number of quality swims during prelims this morning. Bogle, Edskes, junior Dane Erickson (Naples, Fla.) and classmate Joshua Tomazin (Austin, Texas) took second in the 200-free relay in 1:21.18 and junior William Arcand (Windsor, Va.) as well as freshman Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Wash.) placed 31st (49.85) and 34th (50.08), respectively, in the 100-fly. The Engineers also had three other entries in the 200-free this morning as senior John Matthews (Yorktown, Va.) was 35th (1:40.64), freshman Gabe Schneider (Santa Monica, Calif.) was 38th (1:40.89) and Smith was 45th (1:42.51).

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to the pool tomorrow for prelims at 11:00 a.m. EST as the Engineers have entries in the 200-fly, 100-back, 100-breast and 800-free relay. Kogut will attempt to defend his national championship from a year ago in the 200-fly, the first event of tomorrow's portion of the meet. Finals will begin at 7:00 p.m. EST.

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