- Event: 2017 MIT Winter Invitational
- Results: 1st of 6 (933 points)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool)
- The Lead: The No. 4 ranked MIT men's swimming and diving team extended its lead in the team standings on the second day of the 2017 MIT Winter Invitational as the Engineers registered 16 NCAA "B" cut times between prelims and finals.
The Engineers lead the pack of six programs with 933 points and are followed by No. 6 NYU (805), No. 11 Tufts University (631.5), RPI (453.5), Wheaton College (239) and Keene State College (94).
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The "A" 200-free relay team got things started tonight as sophomore Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) and seniors Dane Erickson (Naples, Fla.), Jeremy Bogle (Weston, Mass.) and Joshua Tomazin (Austin, Texas) came in first place with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:21.11. In prelims this morning, the quartet was a bit faster clocking a time of 1:20.98. The "B" team of freshman Justin Liu (Linwood, N.J.), senior William Arcand (Windsor, Va.), sophomore Peter Crocker (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and classmate Jeffrey Li (Redmond, Wash.) finished fifth in a time of 1:25.37.
- The Engineers had four-student athletes register NCAA "B" cut times in the 200-fly – the first individual event of the day. Sophomore Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) finished third in a time of 1:48.47, freshman Connor Sweeney (Wilmington, Del.) finished fifth in 1:49.30 and senior Dougie Kogut (Glen Burnie, Md.) took seventh in 1:50.34. Sophomore Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Wash.) earned his "B" cut during prelims with a time of 1:50.76.
- Sophomore David Morejon (Humble, Texas) was the only other individual winner for MIT tonight as he touched the wall first in the 200-free in an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:39.65 as he topped his time from prelims by 0.14-seconds. Morejon was followed in the 200-free by freshman Jacob Phillips (Raleigh, N.C.), who finished second in 1:41.79, sophomore Emilio Sison (Annandale, Va.), who finished fourth in 1:41.99 and Crocker, who finished fifth in 1:42.13.
- Senior Justin Chiu (Monterrey, Calif.) was the top swimmer for MIT in the 100-breast as his time of 56.27 in the preliminary session this morning was fast enough for an NCAA "B" cut. He closed the night with a third place finish during finals in 56.61-seconds.
- Junior Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.), Tomazin and Bogle were the other three individuals who earned NCAA "B" cut times tonight. McKenzie finished second in the 400-IM in 3:59.32 tonight after he swam a season-best time of 3:58.24 in prelims in this morning. Tomazin notched a time of 20.34 for second in the 50-free and he was followed by Bogle, who touched the wall third in 20.43-seconds.
- In the final swimming event of the night – the 400-medley relay – the Engineers' had two teams register NCAA "B" cut times. The quartet of Edskes, McKenzie, Kogut and Tomazin finished first in 3:17.58 and were followed by Kralj, Chiu, Ubellacker and Bogle who tied for second with a time of 3:19.02.
- In the diving well, sophomore Samuel Solomon (Rockville, Md.) came in second place with a six-dive score of 307.85 and was followed by junior Jeremy Sands (Skokie, Ill.), who registered a score of 262.50 for fifth place. Freshman Maxwell Halkenhauser (Denville, N.J.) finished 12th with a score of 201.75. Solomon's scores this weekend were well above the NCAA Diving Regional qualification standard as he has earned himself a spot to compete in the regional at Middlebury College in early March.
- The Engineers return to the pool tomorrow morning for the final day of the 2017 MIT Winter Invitational. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. and finals will start at 6:00 p.m. Events scheduled for tomorrow include the 200-medley relay, 500-free, 200-back, 100-fly, 200-breast, 100-free, 200-IM and the 400-free relay.
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