BOSTON, Mass. – MIT men's swimming and diving was picked to repeat as conference champions in the 2013 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) preseason poll that was released on Friday afternoon. The Engineers have won five consecutive NEWMAC titles and eight overall since the inception of the league in 1998 and were the unanimous number one selection voted on by the seven coaches in the league.
At the 2013 NEWMAC Championships, host MIT wrapped up the weekend with 15 first-place finishes, totaling 1,178 points, leaving a sizeable gap between it and Springfield College, who was second with 658 points. Although the Pride came in second place at the championships, the Coast Guard Academy were voted to finish behind MIT in second this year, with Springfield being picked to come in third.
Tech ended its season by coming in third place at the NCAA Division III Championships, the highest the team has ever placed in program history. The Engineers racked up 20 individual All-America nods for finishing in the top 16 in their respective events and four of the five relays earned All-America honors. Wyatt Ubellacker '13 was named Swimmer of the Year by the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for his impressive performances at nationals.
The 2013-14 swimming and diving season is fast-approaching; the Engineers will host their annual Alumni Meet on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 12:00 p.m. and, the following Saturday, they will host the Charlie Batterman Relays at 1:00 p.m. MIT will officially open the season at Springfield on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1:00 p.m.
NEWMAC Men's Swimming & Diving Preseason PollRank Team (First place votes) 1. MIT (7) 2. Coast Guard 3. Springfield 4. WPI 5. Babson 6. Wheaton 7. Clark