Nov. 18, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT's men's swimming and diving team received individual victories from seven different swimmers on Saturday afternoon on its way to impressive victories over Babson College and Bowdoin College. With the wins, Tech improves to 2-0 on the season, while Babson falls to 1-5 and Bowdoin drops to 1-1.
The Engineers defeated Babson by a score of 181-99 and overcame Bowdoin by a margin of 175-99. Head-to-head, Bowdoin downed Babson, 169-113.
The Cardinal and Gray was led by senior Craig Edwards, sophomore Deke Hu and freshman Rastislav Racz, who each picked up two individual wins in addition to their triumph in the 200-yard medley relay. The trio, along with Luke Cummings, picked up the top spot in that race with a time of 1:36.60.
Hu took first-place in both the 100-yard (54.63) and 200-yard (2:01.14) butterfly, while Edwards did the same in both the 100-yard (54.73) and 200-yard (2:00.97) backstroke. Racz won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 58.79, making his first ever NCAA "B" cut in the process. The Bratislava, Slovakia native then touched the wall at 2:09.61 in the 200-yard breaststroke for his second individual victory of the day.
The Engineers took the top spot in four of the freestyle events, as Cummings took the 100 (49.20), Peter Wellings won the 200 (1:49.68), Udit Garg was victorious in the 500 (5:04.55) and Harrison Hall clocked the fastest time in the 1000 (10:34.91).
Sophomore Mike Smith-Bronstein was also impressive for MIT, returning from the conclusion of the water polo season to swim his lifetime best in the 50-yard freestyle (22.76).
The Engineers return to action after the Thanksgiving break, when they travel to Wesleyan University on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 11:00 a.m. Babson will head to Tufts University at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, while Bowdoin hosts the University of Maine-Orono at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20.