Feb. 24, 2006
NORTON, Mass. - MIT men's swimming and diving opened the 2006 NEWMAC Championships with solid performances all-around, and currently finds itself in just off the pace of second-place Springfield heading into day two of the championships. The Bears of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy won four of six events, including both relays, to move in front in the team standings.
The Engineers finished second in the 200 free relay, closing in the time of 1:24.68. The race was extremely tight, with the top four teams separated by only .3 seconds, while all four squads earned NCAA "B" cuts. MIT senior Grady Snyder supplied the fastest split of the event on the anchor leg with a clip of 20.76.
Senior Mark Liao finished fourth for the Cardinal and Gray in the 500 free, but after missing most of the season, his performance easily served as one of the top highlights of the year. Liao was just off his personal record in finishing with a time of 4:42.92.
The Bears' Bobby Brown held off Springfield's Dan Moran for the victory, while both Brown and Moran clipped the NCAA standard. The 200 IM featured an interesting final as Coast Guard and MIT comprised seven of the eight spots. The Bears impressively swept the top three spots, while Tech grabbed fourth through seventh. Senior Matthieu Fuzellier led the way for MIT, closing with a mark of 1:57.34.
Snyder and Josiah Rosmarin gave MIT some pop in the 50 free, taking third and fourth, respectively. Snyder earned an NCAA "B" cut after posting a final time of 21.27.
MIT closed the first finals session with a second-place finish in the 400 medley relay. The Engineers' final time of 3:28.63 just edged out the final split posted by Springfield, while MIT secured another NCAA cut with the finish. Snyder anchored the relay with a time of 45.83 in the 100-free circuit.