MIT Men's Swimming & Diving Increases Lead at NEWMAC Championships

Freshman Alex Lednev
Freshman Alex Lednev

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - With day two of the 2013 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Swimming and Diving championships completed, the MIT men's team held on to the lead that they had established the day before. The Engineers won six of the seven events, bringing their point total to 750. Springfield College took over the second place spot with 438 points.

In the consolation final of the 200-yard medley relay, the MIT B relay touched first with a time of 1:31.98, just half a second off the NEWMAC meet record of 1:31.41. The A relay, that consisted of freshman Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.), sophomore Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.), senior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) and freshman Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) won the championship final with a time of 1:30.42. The relay easily broke their own NEWMAC meet record of 1:31.41 that had remained untouched since 2009 and earned an NCAA A cut.

With his time of 3:58.17 in the 400-yard individual medley, Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.) broke the NEWMAC meet record of 4:01.05 and the NEWMAC open record of 3:59.64, both from 2012, finishing well under the B cut. Junior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) was second with his time of 4:04.36.

MIT placed five swimmers in the top eight in the 100-yard butterfly, taking the top four spots. Ubellacker touched first in 48.82, breaking his own meet record of 49.15 from 2011 and finishing well under the A cut. Freshman Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) came in second with a 49.83

Senior Brendan Deveney (Newtown, Conn.) won his second individual title of the weekend when he touched first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:39.87, just off the meet record and the NCAA A cut. Senior Tony Chen (Clemmons, N.C.) followed in second place in 1:41.10. Both easily earned B cuts. Senior Max Pruner (Sioux Falls, S.D.) finished in fourth with a 1:41.63 and freshman Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) came in fifth place with his time of 1:42.90.

In the next event, the 100-yard breaststroke, Bauchwitz earned a B cut with his time of 57.27, which placed him second. Freshman Dion Low (Valparaiso, Ind.) followed in third place with a 57.74, also earning a B cut. Sophomore Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.) came in fourth with a 57.84 and junior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) was fifth with his 57.91.

Mattix finished in first place in the 100-yard backstroke with his time of 50.40, breaking the NEWMAC meet record of 50.66 that had remained untouched since 2005. Senior Ron Rosenberg (Newton, Mass.) came in second with a 51.37 and Corcoran was fourth with a 51.84.

In the final event of the day, the 800-freestyle relay, MIT secured the win with a time of 6:48.84. Deveney, freshman Langston Fitts (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Mock and freshman Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) finished with a time of 6:48.84, earning a B cut.

Day three will commence tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. with the preliminary heats of the women's 200-yard backstroke. That will be followed by the 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, 400-yard freestyle relay and the 1650-yard freestyle. The consolation and championship finals for these events, as well as the finals for women's 3-meter and men's 1-meter diving, will take place tomorrow night, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Men's Scores Day Two

1. MIT                           750
2. Springfield                438             
3. Coast Guard             356               
4. WPI                          352                                       
5. Babson                     278                         
6. Wheaton                  220                  
7. Clark                        146