Jan. 19, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomores Rastislav Racz and Luke Cummings each picked up a trio of victories on Saturday afternoon to help MIT's men's swimming and diving team overcome visiting Colby College, 176-94, in the Zesiger Pool. The No. 15 Engineers' (4-0) perfect dual meet record remained intact thanks to the triumph, while the Mules (2-3) fell to a nationally-ranked opponent for the third time this season.
Racz and Cummings were each part of MIT's win in the meet's opening event, the 200-yard medley relay, along with Jeff Zhou and Laurent Charpentier. The quartet clocked in at 1:35.94 to earn maximum points, while second-place was claimed by Tech's "B" relay team of Peter Wellings, Deke Hu, Toomas Sepp and Kalvin Kao.
Racz picked up his other two victories in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events. In the 100, the Bratislava, Slovakia native touched the wall at 59.58 to beat out the competition, while in the 200, he clocked in at 2:14.17, just ahead of runner-up and teammate John Walk, who finished with a time of 2:19.48.
Cummings was part of 1-2 finishes for Tech in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events. His finishing time of 22.04 in the 50-yard freestyle was just fast enough to edge out teammate Charpentier (22.11), while his 48.56 in the 100-yard freestyle was once again a shade faster than his fellow Engineer, this time being Wellings (48.84).
Freshman Michael Dobson earned himself a pair of individual victories, claiming maximum points in both the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyle events. The rookie won the 500 with a time of 4:51.40 and the 1000 by touching the wall at 9:56.78. He was joined in the 1000-yard event by second-place finisher and fellow freshman Jack Hill, who claimed the runner-up spot with a time of 10:02.03.
The Cardinal and Gray impressively grabbed the top three spots in two separate events - the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly. In the backstroke, Trace Sauter (56.34), Sepp (58.12), and Ted Tomlinson (1:01.49) did the honors, while in the butterfly, Charpentier (53.50), Sepp (53.70) and George Rossick (55.60) gave MIT the sweep.
Hu finished the 200-yard butterfly in 2:02.87 to win the event, while Rossick claimed second with a time of 2:10.02.
Freshman Carson Darling swept the diving events, winning both the one-meter (216.65 points) and three-meter (225.70 points) portions.
Though it was treated as an exhibition after the Engineers had already secured the victory, Tech put forth the top four times in the 200-yard individual medley with Kao, Sepp, Hu and Eric Roselli.
MIT will have little time to celebrate its victory, as it will return to the pool tomorrow afternoon, Sunday, Jan. 20, when it will travel to Springfield, Mass., to take on New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference foes Springfield College and the United States Coast Guard Academy at 1:00 p.m. Meanwhile, Colby will next compete on Saturday, Jan. 26, when it will be on the road at Bates College at 1:00 p.m.