MIT Men's Swimming and Diving Defeats Springfield at Season-Opener

Senior Michael Liao
Senior Michael Liao

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – At its first dual meet of the season, the MIT men's swimming and diving team defeated Springfield College on the road on Saturday afternoon by a score of 233-61. The Engineers won every single event except for one and were victorious in every swimming event. Senior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) was the lone MIT swimmer to win two individual events, winning the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard breaststroke.

As it did in a number of events, MIT took first through third place in the opening event, the 200-yard medley relay. The A relay, which consisted of sophomore Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.), Liao, sophomore Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) and junior Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.), touched in first place by over four seconds with its time of 1:34.04. The Engineers' B relay came in second with a 1:38.14 and the C relay finished directly after with a 1:38.55.

Sophomore Michael Lu (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and senior Tim Wall (Newtown, Pa.) were the only two entries in the 1000-yard freestyle, with Lu finishing in first with his time of 10:07.55 and Wall following in 10:23.32. Sophomore Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the way in the 200-yard freestyle with his first place-finishing time of 1:46.97. He was followed by freshman Jeremy Ellison (Carmel, Ind.) in second with a 1:47.53 and classmate John Matthews (Yorktown, Va.) in third place with a 1:50.29. Matthews would later touch in first place in the 500-yard freestyle in a 4:56.91, winning by almost three full seconds. Three MIT sophomores dominated the 100-yard backstroke, with Mattix winning with his time of 51.36. Brad Jokubaitis (Newtown, Pa.) followed in second with a 53.75 and Corcoran was third in 54.03. Corcoran won his first event of the day, the 100-yard butterfly, later on in the day with his time of 51.24.

In the 100-yard breaststroke, Liao was the only swimmer to go under a minute, touching with a time of 58.59. Junior Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) was second in 1:00.29, just narrowly out-touching Michael Normoyle with his time of 1:00.42. In the 200-yard butterfly, sophomore Luke Schlueter (St. Louis, Mo.) touched first by over three seconds with his time of 1:56.38, while senior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) took third in 2:00.06. Fathman won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.65, while sophomore Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) was second with a time of 22.34. Neubieser went on to win the 100-yard freestyle later on in the day with a 47.31.

On the diving boards, senior Danil Tyulmankov (Stamford, Conn.) fared well in both events, finishing in second place on the 3-meter with a score of 271.05 and first on the 1-meter board with a final score of 262.87.

Again, three MIT sophomores led the way in the 200-yard backstroke, being led by Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.) with his time of 1:55.32. Mattix touched two tenths of a second later in 1:55.51 and Jokubaitis followed a few seconds later in third with a 1:59.61. Liao won the 200 breast with his 2:08.57, freshman Alexander Luh (San Jose, Calif.) was second in 2:11.53 and Bauchwitz came in third in 2:12.54. Luh came in first in the 200-yard IM with a 1:57.27, touching less than a second ahead of Lednev in second with his time of 1:58.40.

The Engineers ended the day much the way they started it, by taking first through third place in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The A relay, which was made up of Fathman, Bauchwitz, Neubieser and Mock came in first with a 3:10.10, finishing seven seconds ahead of the B relay with its time of 3:17.25. The C relay followed in 3:19.25.

MIT will take a week off from competition, returning to the pool the following Saturday, Nov. 23 when it travels to Maine to face host Bowdoin College and Babson College at 1:00 p.m.