February 26, 2006

MIT Strengthens Hold On Third Place at NEWMAC Championships

Feb. 25, 2006

Complete Results

NORTON, Mass. - The United States Coast Guard Academy used four more event wins Saturday night to extend its lead following the NEWMAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championship's second day of competition at Wheaton College's Balfour Natatorium. The team standings remained unchanged from day one, with Coast Guard leading the way with 647 points. Springfield College trails the Bears with 538 points and MIT follows with 505.5. The three-day meet continues with tomorrow's trials at 11:00 a.m. and concludes following the night's finals at 6:30 p.m.

Senior Grady Snyder split 20.32 in the 200 medley relay to lead an impressive comeback, although the Engineers finished in fourth place with a time of 1:36.92. Sophomore Kalvin Kao followed with a fourth-place finish in the 400 IM, closing with a rime of 4:18.11

Freshman Deke Hu enjoyed a Bronze-medal finish in the 100 fly after a strong second 50 propelled him to a season-best clip of 53.06. Rookie Peter Wellings and Josiah Rosmarin finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200 free. Rosmarin split 1:44.27 after a great start, while Wellings finished strong en route to a personal-best 1:44.09. Senior Matt Angle paced three MIT swimmers in the championship final of the 100 breast, finishing fifth with a time of 1:00.46.

The Engineers earned their third NCAA relay cut after a second-place finish in the 800 free relay. Rosmarin, Matthieu Fuzzelier and Peter Wellings reeled off solid swims to keep MIT ahead of the rest of the chase pack, while Snyder anchored Tech's relay with the second fastest split of the night (1:42.57).