Westwood, Mass. (December 4) – After a very successful Winter Invitational this past weekend, the No. 4 ranked MIT men's swimming and diving team has earned two New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) weekly awards, when the league announced its selections this afternoon.
Junior Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) was named as the NEWMAC Swimmer of the Week, while senior Dougie Kogut (Glen Burnie, Md.) and sophomores Emilio Sison (Annandale, Va.), Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) and David Morejon (Humble, Texas) were named as the NEWMAC Relay Team of the Week.
Kogut, Sison, Edskes and Morejon kicked off the MIT Winter Invitational in style as they smashed the school, pool and NEWMAC 800 free relay records in the very first event of the meet. The quartet swam a time of 6:38.79 for first place and an NCAA "B" cut as the time they recorded was 0.45-seconds faster than the old record set last year at Nationals and was the second fastest time in the nation only behind Denison's mark of 6:36.48.
McKenzie achieved eight NCAA "B" cut times and five marks that rank inside the top-eight in the country as he guided the Engineers to a first place finish at the Winter Invitational. His NCAA "B" cut time of 1:29.46 with the 200-medley relay team ranks fourth in the country and he finished first with the 400-medley relay team in an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:17.58, which ranks fifth in the country. Individually, his times of 55.61 in the 100-breast and 2:01.89 in the 200-breast rank seventh in the nation, while his time of 3:58.24 ranks eighth. During the finals sessions, McKenzie touched the wall first in the 400 medley relay and second in the 400 IM, 200 breast and 200 IM.
MIT is off until after the New Year as the Engineers will host the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a dual meet on Saturday, January 13 at 1:00 p.m.