Engineers Lead after Opening Day of NEWMAC Championships

Freshman Alex Lednev, Senior Brendan Deveney, Freshman Dion Low
Freshman Alex Lednev, Senior Brendan Deveney, Freshman Dion Low

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - After the first day of the 2013 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Swimming and Diving Championships that took place on Friday night, the MIT men's team won four of five swimming events and earned 323 points, placing them in first place going into tomorrow. Coast Guard is in second place with 158 points.

In the consolation heat of the 200-yard freestyle relay, the MIT B relay came in first with a time of 1:22.39, finishing well under the NCAA B cut of 1:23.51. The relay, that consisted of sophomore Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.), senior Tony Chen (Clemons, N.C.), freshman Langston Fitts (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) and senior Brendan Deveney (Newtown, Conn.) finished in seventh place overall.

The Engineers took first through third place in the 500-yard freestyle, with junior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) winning with a time of 4:33.66, classmate Max Pruner (Sioux Falls, S.D.) coming in second with  a 4:36.03 and freshman Michael Lu (Scarsdale, N.Y.) touching third in 4:38.35. In the 200-yard individual medley, Deveney defended his title from the previous year with his time of 1:49.08, defeating the NEWMAC record and MIT school record that was set in the preliminary session this morning by freshman Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.). Deveney also finished well under the NCAA A cut of 1:50.61. Lednev touched second with a time of 1:51.39.

Senior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) also defended his title from 2012 when he swam a 20.01 in the 50-yard freestyle, crushing the NEWMAC record of 20.27 that he had set this morning and his own MIT record of 20.09. Chiu touched in third with a time of 20.69, junior Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) came fourth in 20.91 and sophomore Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) was fifth with a time of 20.93, all three of them earning B cuts. Chen came in sixth and Fitts was seventh with times of 21.09 and 21.21 respectively.

In the final event of the evening, the 400-yard medley relay, the B relay touched first in the consolation heat with a time of 3:26.81. The A relay also picked up a win in the championship final, as well as a new NEWMAC meet and NEWMAC open record, with their time of 3:19.79.

At the end of the meet, freshman Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) time trialed the 100-yard butterfly, touching in 49.17, earning the NCAA A cut.

Day two will commence tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. with the preliminary heats of the women's 200-yard medley relay. That will be followed by the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard backstroke. The consolation and championship finals will be swam tomorrow night, starting at 6:00 p.m.


Men's Scores Day One

1. MIT                           323

2. Coast Guard              158

3. Springfield                153

4. Babson                     118

5. WPI                          117

6. Wheaton                   88

7. Clark                         62