Tech Begins 2014 Portion of Season with win against Coast Guard

Freshman Alex Luh
Freshman Alex Luh

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - At its first meet since the Winter Invite over a month ago, the MIT men's swimming and diving team defeated New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival the U.S. Coast Guard Academy by a score of 203.5-74.5 at home on Saturday afternoon. Tech swam a number of events that are normally reserved just for relays, such as the 50-yard butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke, and ended the day by finishing in first place in 14 of the 16 events.

To start the afternoon, the Engineers took first through third place in the 400-yard medley relay, with the A relay leading the way with its time of 3:25.49. The B relay followed in second place in 3:29.98 and the C relay was third, touching with a 3:35.49. Senior Tim Wall (Newtown, Pa.) started things off with a win in the 1,000-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 10:09.82. Freshman John Matthews (Yorktown, Va.) was close behind, coming in second in 10:13.60.

Senior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) was the first of three Engineers to finish the 200-yard freestyle, coming into the wall with a time of 1:44.75. Sophomore Michael Lu (Scarsdale, N.Y.) was second in 1:45.90 and freshman Jeremy Ellison (Carmel, Ind.) touched in third in 1:46.02. In the 50-yard backstroke, sophomore Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.) was first with his time of 24.02, while classmate Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) followed directly after in second in 24.45. Mattix would later win the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:54.77. Senior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) won the 50-yard breaststroke in 26.37 and junior Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.) came in second place with a 26.73.

Tech finished strongly in the 200-yard butterfly, taking first through fourth place, with sophomore Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) touching in first in 1:55.64. Fellow sophomore Luke Schlueter (St. Louis, Mo.) finished just after him with a 1:55.82, Wall came in third in 1:59.60, and sophomore Evan Olin (Ossining, N.Y.) was fourth with a 2:00.53.

Senior Danil Tyulmankov (Stamford, Conn.) placed first on both the 1-meter and the 3-meter diving boards; on 1-meter, he had a score of 250.20, finishing just four points ahead of the competition, and, on 3-meter, he finished with a score of 304.58. Freshman Harry Lubowe (Laguna Hills, Calif.) came in third place on 1-meter with his score of 245.54 and second on 3-meter with 289.80.

Liao's second individual win of the day came in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching in 2:05.94. Junior Ben Bauchwitz (Hershey, Pa.) came in second place in 2:08.11 and Ellison was third with a 2:14.75. Lu touched first in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:48.65 and was followed by Norris in second with a 4:51.98 and Matthews in third place in 4:54.47. Tech fared very well in the 50-yard butterfly, claiming the top six spots. Junior Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) was first in 23.18, Corcoran was second in 23.27 and sophomore Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) came in third with a 23.41.

In the final individual event of the day, the 200-yard Individual Medley, freshman Alexander Luh (San Jose, Calif.) was first with a 1:56.86, sophomore Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.) came in second in 2:00.39 and Ellison was third with a time of 2:00.67. To end the day, the MIT 200-yard freestyle A and C relays tied for first place with their times of 1:27.17. The B relay touched in third place in 1:28.74.

MIT will be on the road for the next two meets. On Saturday, Jan. 18, the Engineers will travel to face Tufts University at 1:00 p.m. and, the following Saturday, Jan. 24, Tech will go to Williamstown, Mass. to take on Williams College at 4:00 p.m.