Westwood, Mass. (February 5) – After wrapping up its dual meet season with a dominant 213-86 win over No. 11 Amherst College on Saturday in Cambridge, MIT sophomore Peter Crocker (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and the men's 200 medley relay team from the No. 4 ranked Engineers have all earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete of the Week honors after the league announced its selections this morning.
Crocker was named as the NEWMAC Men's Swimmer of the Week for the first time in his career as he put together two individual wins, swam an NCAA "B" cut and registered a first place finish with the 400 free relay team this weekend. Crocker began his day by swimming an NCAA "B" cut of 1:39.05 for first in the 200-free and then went on to win the 500-free in 4:40.06 and place fourth in the 50-free in 21.43. In the meet's final event, he was the leadoff swimmer for the 400-free relay team as his quartet clocked a time of 3:04.63, which was nearly two-seconds faster than the MIT's "A" relay team.
The men's 200-medley relay team comprised of sophomore Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Wash.), junior Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.), sophomore Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) and senior Joshua Tomazin (Austin, Texas) began the meet against Amherst off on the right foot as they won the event in a time of 1:32.42. Kralj's leadoff leg backstroke leg of 24.42-seconds helped win the event in a time that was 0.69-seconds faster than the Mammoths "A" relay team.
MIT finished its regular season schedule with an overall record of 9-1 which included a 6-0 mark against Division III opponents this winter. The Engineers return to the pool on February 22, when MIT hosts the NEWMAC Championship which is scheduled to last through February 25.