Nov. 22, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT men’s swimming and diving continued to cement its position as one of the region’s most elite teams as the Engineers took the top spot in 13 of 16 events while posting three 1-2-3 sweeps en route to a convincing victory over Babson and Bowdoin on Saturday at Zesiger Pool. Senior Laurent Charpentier paced MIT’s relentless attack by factoring into four wins as the team prepares for the upcoming MIT Invitational.
Charpentier led a sweep of the top three places in the 200 free while leading a 1-2 finish for the Cardinal and Gray in the 100 free. Charpentier split 1:44.66 to win the 200, with rookie Andrew Pierson and senior Peter Wellings grabbing the next two spots. Later in the afternoon, he out-dueled teammate Luke Cummings to win the 100 with a time of 47.87.
Charpentier split 23.3 in the fly leg of Tech’s winning 200-medley relay while posting a clip of 46.6 in anchoring the 400 free relay. The Engineers combined to swim a solid early-season time of 3:11.51 while coasting to a six-second victory. Cummings, who won the 50 free, split an impressive 47.3 to ignite the victory while Pierson and Wellings rounded out the MIT contingent.
Although he has yet to equal his exceptional times from last season, Michael Dobson secured wins in the 500 and 1000 free. Dobson defeated rookie teammate Alejandro Dos Reis in a fantastic race that was decided by one second while doing just enough to fend off junior Zach Cordero in the 500. The 1000 also yielded another 1-2-3 sweep as Udit Garg finished third.
Freshmen Ryan TerBush and Tim Stumbaugh battled in the back stroke events with TerBush swimming a lifetime best to win the 100 (54.56) and Stumbaugh earning the nod in the 200 (1:59.51). Both races were tremendously close and served as a testament to the program’s bright future.
Other highlights included a strong victory for Jeff Zhou in the 100 fly (52.39) and a four-second win for Deke Hu in the 200 fly (2:00.35). Rookie Jim Griffin secured a win in the 200 individual medley and Dos Reis enjoyed a three-second victory in the 200 breast.