MIT Builds Lead on Day One of NEWMAC Swimming & Diving Championships

Senior Brendan Deveney
Senior Brendan Deveney

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – It was a dominating first night for the No. 4 ranked MIT men's swimming and diving team as the Engineers won five of six events to score 323 points. Going into Day 2 the Engineers hold a 161-point edge over second-place Coast Guard.

In the men's 200 Free Relay it was the MIT team of sophomore Colby Dunn (Weston, Mass.), freshman Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.), junior Brendan Deveney (Newton, Conn.), and junior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) that blazed to the win, setting a new meet record of 1:21.86 that was also an NCAA A cut.

On the men's side MIT dominated the race, finishing 1-2-3-4 in the final. Sophomore Carlo Biedenharn (Loveland, Ohio) led a 1-2-3-4 MIT sweep in the 500 Free, winning the event in a school record time of 4:31.19, with sophomore Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) right behind in 4:34.02. Both of those times were NCAA B cuts. Junior Max Pruner (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and sophomore Tim Wall (Newtown, Pa.) completed the sweep for the Engineers.

Deveney turned in an NCAA A time of 1:51.18, another school record, in winning the 200 IM and leading a 1-2-3 MIT finish. Senior Matthew Chapa (Baytown, Texas) had a B time of 1:53.58, with freshman Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) taking third.

Ubellacker led an MIT assault in the 50 Free where the Engineers took the top five places. He won the event in an NCAA B time of 20.66, with Fathman taking second in 20.85.

MIT closed out the evening with another relay win, this time taking the team title in the 400 Medley Relay. The team of junior Ron Rosenberg (Newton, Mass.), sophomore Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.), Ubellacker and junior Tony Chen (Clemmons, N.C.) turned in an NCAA B cut time of 3:21.63 to take their race.