Jan. 21, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Tufts University squeezed past MIT in the 400 free relay en route to a 164-130 victory in men's swimming and diving. The Jumbos completed the final event in 3:10.67 to out-touch MIT's 3:11.60. The Engineers won six individual events, but it wasn't enough to help MIT avoid its second straight defeat in thrilling fashion.
The Engineers powered ahead early with a strong start. MIT dominated the 400 medley relay with three of the four fastest splits. Senior Grady Snyder brought home the win with an anchor leg of 46.58. Sophomore Harrison Hall opened the individual scoring with a tremendous performance in the 1650 free. Hall led from the first lap en route to a time of 17:27.47, 43 seconds faster than his finishing time at the NEWMAC Championships last season.
The Cardinal and Gray nearly swept both breaststroke events in one area of clear dominance for the Engineers. Jeremy Chang won the 100 with Matt Angle and Andrew Lee completing the 1-2-3 finish. In the 200, Angle grabbed the win, with Chang finishing just behind in second.
Tufts swam strong in the second half of the meet, winning five of the last six events. Snyder kept MIT in contention with two individual wins. Snyder swam 21.80 to take first place in the 50, although his narrow win over Jason Kapit in the 100 fly served as one of the highlights of the afternoon.
Matthieu Fuzellier authored MIT's other win on the day, hanging on to an early lead to finish first in the 100 backstroke with a clip of 52.95.