Dec. 9, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman sensation Rastislav Racz swam a stunning 58.2 in the 100-yard breaststroke in the Zesiger Center pool on Saturday afternoon and the MIT men's swimming and diving team defeated New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Wheaton College, 159-96. The sub-minute mark was good enough to lower the Bratislava, Slovakia native's previous NCAA "B" cut time achieved earlier this season.
Tech remains perfect on the young season with the victory, as the youthful squad now stands at 3-0 (2-0 NEWMAC). Wheaton drops to 4-4 (2-3 NEWMAC) with the loss.
The Engineers took the top spot in 10 of the afternoon's 16 events. Chief among MIT's point contributors were those who took part in the breaststroke events, as Tech took the top three spots in both the 100-yard and 200-yard. Racz took first-place in both, and was followed by Brian Kreider and Kevin Brulois in the 100 and Kalvin Kao and Brulois in the 200.
Other victories for Tech included Ken Warnock in the 1650-yard freestyle (17:44.99), Peter Wellings in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.34), Deke Hu in the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.79), Jeremy Chang in the 200-yard backstroke (2:02.77) and Udit Garg in the 500-yard freestyle (5:00.84).
Sophomore Dan Lopez swept the diving events, taking the 1-meter with a dive earning 223.70 points and the 3-meter with a 206.35 point effort.
Head coach Dawn Gerken had particular praise for freshmen Dan Klenk and Chris Carper, who turned in impressive times in the 200-yard events. However, Gerken's praise didn't stop there, as she gave credit to her entire team for a strong performance.
"After an intense academic week, I thought the team swam with intensity and desire. We are headed to Puerto Rico to train for nine days in January and you can bet on both our men's and women's teams being in the hunt for a NEWMAC Championship title and top 15 NCAA finishes," she said.
Wheaton's Barrett Roberts provided a bright spot for the Lyons, as he broke Zesiger Center pool records in both the 50-yard freestyle (with a 20.48 leading off the 200-yard freestyle relay) and the 100-yard freestyle (45.30).
The Engineers will have plenty of time to recover from their hard-fought victory, as they now have over a month before returning to dual meet action. On Saturday, Jan. 13, Tech will travel to Waltham, Mass. to take on Brandeis University at 1:00 p.m. Wheaton is also entering the winter break, as the Lyons will next compete on Saturday, Jan. 6 when they host Coast Guard at 1:00 p.m.