Feb. 26, 2006
NORTON, Mass. - The United States Coast Guard Academy captured its fourth NEWMAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championship Sunday evening at Wheaton College's Balfour Natatorium, as the Bears led the three-day meet from start to finish for a total of 908 points. Coast Guard's win also put the program in the conference lead for most NEWMAC swimming and diving championships, ahead of MIT's three titles. 2005 winner Springfield College finished as this year's runner-up with 798 points and MIT came in third with 784.5.
The Engineers scored 30 points in the first event on Sunday as Mark Liao and Udit Garg finished third and fifth, respectively, in the 1650 free. Coast Guard's Bobby Brown failed to match his championship record from last season, although the All-America sophomore earned an NCAA "A" cut with a winning mark of 15:52.95.
MIT senior Matthieu Fuzellier grabbed an NCAA "B" qualification with a dominating victory in the 200 back. Fuzellier led from start to finish and won by nearly seven seconds after hitting the wall in 1:52.13. Senior Grady Snyder earned his second individual NCAA cut on the weekend after securing a third-place finish in the 100 free. The top three finishers all copped national citations, with Snyder taking the Bronze in 46.61.
The Cardinal and Gray posted its biggest score in the 200 breast. The Engineers placed four swimmers among the top seven, led by junior Matt Angle, who broke Bruce DiBello's 2002 school record with a time of 2:08.47. The mark also clipped NCAA "B" cuts. Freshman Jeremy Chang finished fourth for MIT, although the rookie swam his season-best 2:11.64 during the prelims.
MIT closed out the 2006 NEWMAC Championships on top, as another strong anchor leg by Snyder propelled the Engineers to victory in the 400 free relay. The Engineers were in a distant second midway through the event, when senior Josiah Rosmarin split 45.89 to throw Tech right back in the mix. Snyder followed with a swim of 45.83 as MIT finished with an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:05.85. The final clip was just off the Institute record of 3:05.21 set in 1993.