No. 6 Men's Swimming Takes over Top Spot at NEWMACs

Sophomore Alex Lednev
Sophomore Alex Lednev

WORCESTER, Mass. - No. 6 MIT men's swimming and diving ascended to the top of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships leader board following a strong second day of competition at WPI on Friday. Sixteen Engineers individually qualified for finals, while all four of Tech's relays placed in the top 10 at prelims this morning. After the first full day of competition, MIT has 572 points, host WPI has 409.5 to sit in second place and Coast Guard is third with 344.

To start the evening, the MIT 200-yard freestyle relay finished in second place with an NCAA B cut time of 1:23.05, touching just four one-hundredths of a second behind WPI in first with its 1:23.01. Tech left a two second gap between it and Wheaton College, who came in third. MIT's B relay dropped almost a second off its time from prelims, taking eighth place with its time of 1:25.79.

One of the Engineers' strongest events was the 500-yard freestyle, as MIT took five of the top eight spots in finals. Senior Remy Mock (Victoria, British Columbia) touched in first place with his time of 4:31.63, easily earning the B cut and missing his own record from NCAAs by just over two seconds. Sophomore Thomas Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) was second with a 4:38.10, senior Tim Wall (Newtown, Pa.) came fifth in 4:41.64, sophomore Michael Lu (Scarsdale, N.Y.) touched in seventh place with a 4:43.51 and freshman John Matthews (Yorktown, Va.) was eighth in 4:45.04.

Sophomore Alex Lednev (Glenmont, N.Y.) was first in the 200-yard Individual Medley with his time of 1:49.66, touching just half a second slower than the NEWMAC record that was set last year. Freshman Jeremy Ellison (Carmel, Ind.) tied for third place with Ross Johnston of Wheaton College with a 1:54.59, sophomore Luke Schlueter (St. Louis, Mo.) came in fifth place in 1:55.74 and freshman Alexander Luh (San Jose, Calif.) touched in 10th with a 1:57.23. In the consolation final, sophomore Evan Olin (Ossining, N.Y.) was 19th with a 2:01.79.

With four MIT swimmers in the final and three in the consolation final, the Cardinal and Gray raced well in the 50-yard freestyle. Junior Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.) dropped three tenths of a second and moved up a place from prelims to finish in second place with his time of 20.78. Coming in fourth place was junior Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.) with his time of 21.17, while sophomores Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) and Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) were fifth and eighth with times of 21.23 and 21.59 respectively, with Neubieser tying with WPI's Andrew Bauer. In the consolation final, senior Michael Liao (Newport Beach, Calif.) tried his hand at sprint freestyle, touching in 15th with a 21.83. Junior Michael Everett (Ann Arbor, Mich.) came in 16th with a time of 21.98 and sophomore Bo Mattix (La Canada, Calif.) was 19th in 22.22.

Tech ended the day on a strong note by winning the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:18.40, leaving a gap of over six seconds between it and WPI, who came in second. The relay, which was made up of Lednev, Liao, sophomore Sean Corcoran (Huntersville, N.C.) and Fathman, broke both the WPI pool record and the NEWMAC meet record.

Day three of the NEWMAC Championships will commence at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow with the 400 Individual Medley.