Nov. 17, 2007
BRUNSWICK, Maine - MIT's men's swimming and diving team opened its dual meet schedule in stunning fashion on Saturday afternoon, winning 13 out of 14 swimming events en route to victories over host Bowdoin College (170-82) and New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Babson College (175-73). Bowdoin defeated Babson, 173-66, in the afternoon's other match-up.
The Engineers, who boasted the top three finishers in a remarkable seven different events, improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the NEWMAC with the pair of wins. Meanwhile, the Polar Bears moved to 1-1 with the split and the Beavers fell to 3-4 (0-2 NEWMAC) with the losses.
Jeff Zhou, Rastislav Racz, Laurent Charpentier and Luke Cummings got the afternoon started for MIT with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay, touching the wall just over four seconds ahead of teammates Toomas Sepp, Deke Hu, Brendon Sullivan and Peter Wellings. The two foursomes finished with times of 1:37.00 and 1:41.68, respectively.
Tech then grabbed the top four spots in the 1000-yard freestyle courtesy of Michael Dobson (10:03.27), Jack Hill (10:19.04), Harrison Hall (10:31.22) and Colin Hom (10:48.01), before Charpentier and Wellings finished 1-2 in the 200-yard freestyle by clocking in at 1:46.06 and 1:50.56, respectively.
The Cardinal and Gray once again occupied the 1-2-3 positions in the 100-yard breaststroke, as Racz (1:00.04), Kalvin Kao (1:03.44) and John Walk (1:04.42) all touched the wall ahead of their opponents. Other events in which MIT copped the top three finishes included the 100-yard freestyle (Charpentier, Cummings and Wellings), the 200-yard breaststroke (Racz, Kao and Walk) and the 100-yard butterfly (Sepp, Hu and George Rossick).
Incredibly, the Engineers most impressive performance of the afternoon occurred in the 500-yard freestyle, in which they occupied spots one-through-five. Dobson picked up his second victory of the afternoon by clocking in at 4:54.54, and was followed by Hill (4:59.35), Udit Garg (5:09.15), Zack Cordero (5:11.32) and Eric Roselli (5:15.12).
Zhou won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.80, Cummings took top honors in the 50-yard freestyle by touching the wall at 22.24, and Hu (2:02.21) and Sepp (2:03.57) finished 1-2 in the 200-yard butterfly to round out Tech's remarkable contingent of triumphs.
MIT also grabbed the top four spots in the 200-yard individual medley and had the fastest relay team in the 200-yard freestyle relay, but the events counted as exhibitions, as the Engineers had already wrapped up the victories.
The Engineers will return to action in two weeks time, as they will host the MIT Invitational on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1. The event will also be the next competition for Bowdoin, and will also include Brandeis University, Colby College, Tufts University and Wheaton College. Babson won't return to the pool until Saturday, Dec. 8, when it will travel to Clark University at 1:00 p.m.