Men's Swimming and Diving Repeats as NEWMAC Champions

Men's Swimming and Diving Repeats as NEWMAC Champions

NORTON, Mass. - The MIT men's swimming and diving team won 15 of 20 events and successfully defended its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship crown as the three-day meet at Wheaton College's Balfour Natatorium came to an end Sunday night. The Engineers, whose five league titles are one shy of the United States Coast Guard Academy's NEWMAC record, finished with 1,027 points. Coast Guard came in second with 947.5 points, while Springfield College rounded out the top three with a score of 673.5.

Tech's Luke Cummings played a role in six event victories, anchoring four winning relays and tallying two individual titles. The senior finished first in the 50-yard Free with a NCAA Championship provisional qualifying time ("B-cut") of 21.01 and took the 100 Free crown in a B-cut time of 45.72.

Freshman Brendan Deveney touched the wall first in the 200 IM (1:54.18), while sophomores Matt Chapa (1:54.35) and David Parell (1:54.70) rounded out a 1-2-3 sweep of the event for the Cardinal and Gray; all three posted B-cut times in the event. Chapa's time in the preliminaries (1:54.10) set a NEWMAC Championship meet record.

On Saturday, Engineers took the top three spots in the 100 Fly. Chapa (50.27), classmate Brett Boval (50.72) and junior Toomas Sepp (50.83) held off the competition with B-cut times. During the trials, MIT's Wyatt Ubellacker also notched a B cut.

Sophomore Tim Stumbaugh had received three All-Conference honors over the weekend, beginning with his winning swim in the 400 IM (4:03.86). His B-cut time in the event marked the only NEWMAC open record to be set during the weekend; Deveney took second in the event (4:05.42). Stumbaugh also picked up Second-Team honors and B-cut times in the 100 Back (52.13) and 200 Back (1:51.30).

MIT's Rastislav Racz closed his NEWMAC career with wins in all four of his races. The breaststroker picked up wins in the 100-yard (57.27) and 200-yard (2:04.02) events and helped both medley relays to victory. Parell took third in both individual events with his swims of 58.17 in the 100 Breast and 2:07.75 in the 200 Breast.

Two other Engineers notched individual wins, as junior Michael Dobson won the 500 Free (4:36.45) and 1650 Free (16:02.04), while Sepp took the 200 Fly (1:53.91).

Over the three days, MIT won four of the five relays. Cummings and Deveney teamed up with freshman Ubellacker and senior Jeff Zhou to capture the 200 Free Relay crown (1:23.94). Freshman Tony Chen substituted for Zhou to help capture the 400-yard equivalent (3:05.84).

In the 200 Medley, Zhou, Ubellacker, Cummings and Racz captured the win in a time of 1:32.37. Racz and Cummings joined with Sepp and freshman Ron Rosenberg to take the 400 Medley Relay (3:23.79).

The NEWMAC crown is the fifth all-time for the Engineers and their second with Coach Dawn Dill at the helm.

MIT's men's and women's teams will now spend the next few weeks in preparation for the NCAA Division-III National Championship to be hosted by the University of Minnesota, March 18-21.

Final Team Standings

1. MIT 1027 points
2. Coast Guard Academy   947.5
3. Springfield College   673.5
4. Wheaton College   312
5. WPI   292
6. Clark University   272
7. Babson College   260


1st Place (All-NEWMAC 1st Team)
50 Free - Luke Cummings, 21.01 B
100 Free - Luke Cummings, 45.72 B
500 Free - Michael Dobson, 4:36.45, B
1,650 Free - Michael Dobson, 16:02.04 B
100 Breast - Rastislav Racz, 57.27 B
200 Breast - Rastislav Racz, 2:04.02 B
100 Fly - Matt Chapa, 50.57 B
200 Fly - Toomas Sepp, 1:53.91 B
200 IM - Brendan Deveney 1:54.18, B
400 IM - Tim Stumbaugh, 4:03.86 !B#
200 Medley Relay - Jeff Zhou, Rastislav Racz, Wyatt Ubellacker, Luke Cummings 1:32.37 B
400 Medley Relay - Ron Rosenberg, Rastislav Racz, Toomas Sepp, Luke Cummings, 3:23.79 B
200 Free Relay - Jeff Zhou, Wyatt Ubellacker, Brendan Deveney, Luke Cummings, 1:23.94 B#
400 Free Relay - Tony Chen, Wyatt Ubellacker, Brendan Deveney, Luke Cummings, 3:05.84 B

2nd Place (All-NEWMAC 2nd Team)
50 Free - Jeff Zhou, 21.17 B
100 Back - Tim Stumbaugh, 52.13 B
200 Back - Tim Stumbaugh, 1:51.30 B
100 Fly - Brett Boval, 50.72 B
200 IM - Matt Chapa, 1:54.35 B
400 IM - Brendan Deveney, 4:05.42 B
800 Free Relay - Brendan Deveney, Andrew Pierson, Max Pruner, Michael Dobson, 6:52.76 B

Other Significant Times
100 Back (prelims) - Ryan TerBush, 52.66 B
100 Back - Ron Rosenberg, 52.55 B
200 Back (prelims) - Brendan Liu, 1:53.41 B
200 Back - Ron Rosenberg, 1:53.42 B
100 Breast - David Parell, 58.17 B
200 Breast - David Parell, 2:07.32 B
100 Fly - Toomas Sepp, 50.83 B
100 Fly (prelims) - Wyatt Ubellacker, 51.20 B
100 Fly (time trial) - Brett Boval, 50.24 B#
200 Fly (prelims) - Matt Chapa, 1:53.59 B#
200 IM (prelims) - Matt Chapa, 1:54.35 B$ 

! - NEWMAC record
$ - NEWMAC Championship meet record
A - NCAA "A" standard (automatic)
B - NCAA "B" standard (provisional)
# - MIT varsity team record