Men's Swimming and Diving Falls to Williams in Hard-Fought Meet

Junior Austin Fathman
Junior Austin Fathman

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - In an incredibly close meet from start to finish, the MIT men's swimming and diving team fell to Williams College by a score of 159-137 on Friday evening. Senior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) and junior Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) each won two events, while sophomore Luke Schlueter (St. Louis, Mo.) won one of his races. The Engineers' 200-yard freestyle A relay also finished in first place.

Tech's 200-yard medley A relay started the meet off by coming in second place with a time of 1:33.22, finishing just two one-hundredths of a second behind Williams' A relay. The relay, which was made up of sophomore Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.), Liao, sophomore Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) and Fathman, left over two and a half seconds between it and the Williams B relay that came in third.

In the first individual event of the day, the 1650-yard freestyle, sophomore Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished in second in 16:22.62 and senior Tim Wall (Newtown, Pa.) was fourth with a 16:49.15. Senior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) took second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.50, coming in just three tenths of a second ahead of the third place finisher. Sophomore Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) was fourth in 1:46.02,  freshman Jeremy Ellison (Carmel, Ind.) came in fifth with a 1:46.72 and junior Michael Everett (Ann Arbor, Mich.) touched in seventh place in 1:49.18.

The 100-yard backstroke was a fast event for both teams, with the first four swimmers all finishing within four tenths of a second. Mattix finished in second with a 51.56, coming into the wall just narrowly behind Benjamin Lin of Williams with his time of 51.49. Sophomore Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.) was third in 51.76 and Corcoran came fourth with a time of 51.87. Liao won the 100-yard breaststroke by well over half a second with his time of 57.39 and, later on in the meet, won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:05.53, leaving a one second gap between him and the second place finisher.

Schlueter took first in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:52.97 and Norris was second with a time of 1:54.52. In the 50-yard freestyle, Fathman was first with his 21.18, while junior Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.) came in second place in 21.51. Fathman also won the 100-yard freestyle with a 46.93 and was followed less than a second later by Neubieser, who came in third place with his 47.35.

On both the 1-meter and the 3-meter diving boards, senior Danil Tyulmankov (Stamford, Conn.) finished in second and freshman Harry Lubowe (Laguna Hills, Calif.) was third. On the 1-meter board, Tyulmankov ended with a score of 269.78 and on 3-meter, he earned a score of 303.90. Lubowe scored 199.28 on 1-meter and 210.23 on the 3-meter board.

Corcoran finished in second place in both the 200-yard backstroke in 1:55.51 and the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 51.08. Following soon after him in the 100 fly was Schlueter, coming in third in 51.41. Norris finished in second place in the 500-yard freestyle with a 4:46.30 and Lednev was second in the 400-yard Individual Medley in 4:06.98, finishing just hundredths of a second behind Timothy Lattimer of Williams.

MIT's 200 free A relay, made up of Fathman, Chiu, Neubieser and Mock, ended the evening with a first place finish in 1:24.97, finishing less than half a second ahead of Williams' A relay. Tech's B relay was fourth in 1:26.82.

Tech will return to the water tomorrow for Senior Day when it hosts Amherst College at 1:00 p.m. This is both the Engineers' last home meet and its final dual meet of the season.