Schneider Breaks School and NEWMAC Record As Men's Swimming And Diving Finishes Eighth At NCAA Championship

Freshman Gabe Schneider
Freshman Gabe Schneider

THE BASICS:

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

- Results: 8th - 189 points (Final)

- Location: Shenandoah, Texas (Conroe ISD Natatorium)

- The Lead: Freshman Gabe Schneider (Santa Monica, Calif.) set a new school and NEWMAC open record with his fourth place in the 200-back as the MIT men's swimming and diving team finished eighth overall with 189 points at this year's NCAA Division III National Championship. Tonight marked the ninth straight year and 12th time overall in program history that MIT has placed in the top-10 as a team at nationals.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Schneider topped the school and NEWMAC record in the 200-back with his swim during prelims this morning. At his first national championship, Schneider registered the best prelim time of the event with a collegiate-best mark of 1:46.16, which broke junior Dougie Kogut's (Glen Burnie, Md.) standard from a year ago. Schneider returned to the pool tonight and finished fourth overall in 1:46.36 for his first collegiate All-America honor.

- The men's 400-free relay comprised of juniors Jeremy Bogle (Weston, Mass.), Joshua Tomazin (Austin, Texas) and Kogut as well as freshman Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) had the best finish on the final night of nationals for MIT as they claimed third place with a time of 2:58.77. The quartet edged TCNJ's team in a swim-off by 0.54-seconds (2:58.20) to get into the championship heat tonight after swimming a 3:00.51 in prelims.

- Sophomore Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) in the 200-breast and freshman Sam Solomon (Rockville, Md.) in the 3-meter dive were also named Honorable Mention All-Americans this evening. McKenzie touched the wall 14th in a time of 2:01.99, while Solomon notched a score of 463.05 for 12th place on the 3-meter board in his first appearance at the NCAA Championship.

- The Engineers also had a number of quality swims during prelims this morning. Bogle took 21st in the 100-free in 45.16-seconds and was followed in the event by freshman David Morejon (Humble, Texas), who swam a collegiate-best time of 46.05 for 42nd place. Behind Schneider in the 200-back was Kogut in 25th in 1:50.71, sophomore Daniel Smith (Lake Forest, Ill.) in 26th in 1:50.87 and freshman Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Wash.) in 30th with a collegiate-best time of 1:52.67.

- Junior Justin Chiu (Monterey, Calif.) rounded out the list of swimmers today for the Engineers as he took 21st in the 200-breast prelims heat this morning with a time of 2:05.29.

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