March 19, 2005
HOLLAND, Mich. - MIT men's swimming and diving is hoping to secure its first top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships since 1984. The 400 medley relay finished fourth for MIT on the opening day, while sophomore Craig Edwards capped second day's action with a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke.
The Engineers have scored 103.5 points through the first 14 events, and have enough firepower scheduled in Saturday's finals to potentially move up in the standings. Kenyon has outpaced the entire field by a large margain, seeking its 26th consecutive NCAA title.
Success in the relay events has been Tech's signature all season, and top ten finishes in three relays this weekend has powered its attack. The team of Craig Edwards, JP Carlucci, Matthieu Fuzellier and Grady Snyder split 3:26.02 to finish fourth overall in the 400 medley relay. Later in the evening, Jonathan Varsanik, Edwards, Fuzellier and Snyder moved ahead five spots in the consolation finals of the 200 free relay to finish 10th with a time of 1:24.74.
On Friday, MIT finished fifth in the 200 medley relay, splitting 1:32.84 behind the unit of Edwards, Carlucci, Varsanik and Snyder.
Edwards has been the only Engineer to place in an individual event. He tied for third in the 100 back with a clip of 50.69. Fuzellier swam in the consolation final of the 100 back, and finished 15th.