March 23, 2008

Men's Swimming and Diving Closes 24th at NCAA Championships

March 22, 2008

OXFORD, Ohio - Rastislav Racz paced a strong effort for MIT at the 2008 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. The sophomore standout earned All-America accolades in both breaststroke events while setting an MIT and NEWMAC open record in the 100 as the Engineers finished 24th overall out of 55 scoring teams.

Racz finished fifth overall in the 100 during Friday's final, splitting 56.13 to establish a new school and league record. He split 56.40 in the morning as the seedings held after prelims while the first two finishers broke the existing national record.

Racz returned to the water on Saturday, where he finished seventh in the 200 breast. He split a season-best 2:03.30 during trials. At finals, Racz was in fourth place midway through the race after splitting 58.32 for the first 100 before touching the wall in 2:03.88.

In the 200 medley relay on Friday, the team of Jeff Zhou, Racz, Laurent Charpentier and Luke Cummings finished 11th in the prelims with a time of 1:34.18, but the group missed out on a chance to advance at least four places in the team standings after being disqualified.

Charpentier and Michael Dobson also competed in individual events during the final two days of competition. On Friday, Charpentier finished 19th in the 200 free in 1:41.91 while Dobson finished 16th in the mile on Saturday.

The Kenyon College Lords exhibited sheer dominance over the last three days en route to a record 29th consecutive NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship title. The program's amazing run, which began in 1980, nearly triples the next longest active streak of 10 titles, owned by the Methodist University women's golf team.