Men’s Swimming Rolls Past Tufts

Senior Andrew Pierson
Senior Andrew Pierson

MEDFORD, Mass. – MIT made the short trip over to Tufts University where the No. 4 ranked Engineers scored a 248-119 dual meet victory over the Jumbos in men's swimming and diving action this afternoon. MIT won all but four events as it stayed undefeated this season in dual meet competition at 6-0. Sophomore Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) won three events to lead the Engineers.

MIT came out quickly and won the first four events. The Engineers took the top four spots in the 200 Free, led by senior Andrew Pierson (Wauwatosa, Wis.) taking the race in a time of 1:45.35. Junior Ron Rosenberg (Newton, Mass.) was also impressive for MIT, swimming a season best 52.72 to win the 100 Back race.

Liao won his first race in the 100 Breast, taking it in 59.04. He later captured the 50 Breast in a time of 27.71 before ending his day with his triumph in the 100 IM, touching home in 54.10.

Freshman Thomas Finn (North Potomac, Md.) was the only other multiple winner for MIT, taking a pair of races. He started by winning the first individual event of the day, the 1,000 Free, besting the field with his effort of 10:14.46. He then came back to take another distance event, the 500 Free, with his time of 4:47.03.

Sophomore Danil Tyulmankov (Stamford, Conn.) had a strong day in the diving events. His score of 291.23 in the 3-meter competition was an NCAA qualifying score and good for second-place. 

Junior Brendan Deveney (Newtown, Conn.) swam a strong race in the 200 Back, winning the event with an effort of 1:56.38. He also recorded a second-place finish during the day, completing a 1-2 finish for the Engineers in the 100 Breast with Liao.

Other highlights for MIT were Freshman Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) taking the 200 IM in a time of 1:59.53, an event that saw the Engineers capture the top four places. Freshman Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) anchored the winning 200 Free Relay squad, turning in a 20.6 split as the team took the event in 1:25.48 to close out the meet.

Next up for MIT will be a dual meet on Saturday, January 28 when the Engineers will host No. 10 Amherst College at 1:00 in the Zesiger Center Pool.