March 20, 2009

Rastislav Racz Powers MIT at NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships

March 20, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Junior Rastislav Racz earned the fifth individual All-American honor of his career and third in as many tries in the 100 breast to highlight MIT’s effort on the third day of the 2009 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. With one day left in the competition, the No. 11 Engineers sit seventh overall in the team standings.

Racz grabbed third overall in what was easily the fastest championship final in the history of the event. Paul Buyanov of Staten Island set a national record with a winning time of 54.27, while Racz split an Institute and NEWMAC open record 54.80. Nelson Westby of St. Olaf finished second in 54.48. Racz led at the mid-way point of the race with an opening split of 25.48.

The Engineers also dented the scoreboard with a 13th-place finish in the 800 free relay. In another historically fast race, MIT smashed the NEWMAC open and Institute records by nearly three seconds. Laurent Charpentier led-off with a time of 1:40.69; Luke Cummings split 1:43.63; Michael Dobson followed in 1:40.75; and Peter Wellings brought it home with a clip of 1:42.20.

In the only other action of the day, freshman Tim Stumbaugh swam 51.92 in the 100 back during prelims but missed out on qualifying for the evening races.