Jan. 27, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - MIT concluded its dual meet schedule for the 2006-07 season with a 129-107 loss to host Amherst College on Saturday afternoon, despite an impressive performance from freshman Jeff Zhou. The native of Buffalo, N.Y., was a part of two relay wins and also secured an individual first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (21.81).
Zhou's relay victories came in the 400-yard medley and the 400-yard freestyle. In the medley, he teamed up with freshman Rastislav Racz and sophomores Deke Hu and Peter Wellings to clock in at 3:36.58. He combined with freshmen Luke Cummings and Mike Smith-Bronstein and senior Craig Edwards for a final time of 3:12.88 in the freestyle.
The loss was the Engineers' (6-2) second straight after starting the season 6-0, while Amherst (5-2) extended its winning streak to three with the triumph.
MIT's biggest highlight came in the 200-yard breaststroke, which the Engineers swept with a 1-2 finish. Racz (2:09.50) and senior Kalvin Kao (2:12.95) provided the top times, respectively.
Edwards notched Tech's other victory by touching the wall at 1:59.90, ahead of all of his competition in the 200-yard backstroke.
Sophomore Christian Witzke, junior Andrew Maslan and senior Ethan Treat powered the Lord Jeffs, as each nabbed two individual victories on the afternoon.
MIT will return to the pool on Friday, Feb. 2, when it hosts Northeastern University, Middlebury College, Tufts University, Wheaton College and Williams College in the MIT Invitational. The two-day competition will serve as a tune up for the Engineers as they head into the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Championships later in February. Amherst will conclude its dual meet schedule on Saturday, Feb. 3, when it travels to Springfield College at 1:00 p.m.