Engineers Ranked Fifth in Latest CSCAA Poll

Sophomore Alex Lednev
Sophomore Alex Lednev

PHOENIX, Ariz. – In the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll that was released over the weekend, the MIT men's swimming and diving team are ranked fifth among all Division III programs. Former NCAA champion Denison University holds the top spot, while 2013 national champion Kenyon College is second. In the last CSCAA ranking from last month, the Engineers were eighth.

Unlike last year, when teams were ranked just three times throughout the season, the CSCAA will be releasing polls on a monthly basis throughout the 2013-14 season. This time last year, Tech had just been voted atop the standings, remaining first in the country through the end of the season. At the 2013 national championships, the Engineers came in third place, the highest they have ever placed in program history.

MIT wrapped up the 2013 portion of the season  at the annual MIT Winter Invitational, finishing in first place with 1322.5 points and leaving a gap of almost 400 points between it and second-place Keene State. Sophomores Brad Jokubaitis (Newtown, Pa.) and Luke Schlueter (St. Louis, Mo.) each broke an MIT record and, throughout the two-day, three-session meet, the Cardinal and Gray earned a total of 43 NCAA B cuts.

The following day, the 400-yard freestyle relay, which was made up of juniors Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) and Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.), sophomore Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) and senior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Relay of the Week, finishing first with a time of 3:01.47. Fathman was also named the Swimmer of the Week for being part of four first place-finishing relays and for winning two individual events.

Tech will open the New Year at home, hosting Coast Guard at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Men's Division III Rankings (as of Dec. 13)

1. Denison University
2. Kenyon College
3. Emory University
4. Johns Hopkins University
5. MIT
6. Williams College
7. Stevens Institute of Technology
8. The College of New Jersey
9. NYU
10. St. Olaf College
11. DePauw University
T12. Carnegie Mellon University
T12. University of Chicago
14. Washington University (MO)
15. Amherst College
16. Connecticut College
17. Keene State College
18. Gettysburg College
19. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
20. Calvin College