Edskes and Solomon Rewrite Record Books on Third Night of NEWMAC Championship

Edskes and Solomon Rewrite Record Books on Third Night of NEWMAC Championship

THE BASICS: 

- Event: 2018 NEWMAC Championship

- Results: 1st of 7 teams - 1109 points - After Day Three

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool)

- The Lead: On the third night of the 2018 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Swimming and Diving Championship, MIT sophomore Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) set a new meet record in the 400-IM, while classmate Samuel Solomon (Rockville, Md.) broke the school record on the 3-meter diving board.

MIT leads the field by 284.5 points with a total of 1109 as the U.S. Coast Guard Academy currently sits in second place with 824.5 points. WPI is third at 656, followed by Wheaton (391.5), Springfield (368), Babson (317) and Clark (193).

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Edskes, who swam a time of 3:58.30 in the 400-IM prelims this morning, shaved nearly four seconds off his time tonight as he broke the NEWMAC meet record with a first-place finish in 3:54.66. Behind Edskes in the 400-IM final, was junior Gavin Brown (Richmond, Va.) in second in 4:02.80, junior Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) in third in 4:03.59, sophomore Matthew Woicik (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) in sixth in 4:05.05 and junior Josh Graves (Tustin, Calif.) in eighth in 4:05.88.

- In the diving well, sophomore Samuel Solomon (Rockville, Md.) completed the two-board sweep with a school record score of 563.40 in the 3-meter competition. Freshman Max Halkenhauser (Danville, N.J.) finished fifth with 419.80 points and junior Jeremy Sands (Skokie, Ill.) took eighth with 397.10 points.

- In their individual swimming events, sophomore Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Wash.) won the NEWMAC title in the 100-fly with an NCAA "B" cut time of 49.14, while senior Dougie Kogut (Glen Burnie, Md.) claimed the league championship in the 200-free in an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:39.88.

- Sophomore Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) and freshman Henry Hu (Southbury, Conn.) also competed in the championship final of the 100-fly as Ubellacker touched the wall fourth in 49.50 and Hu finished in ninth in 50.68.

- In addition to Kogut, MIT had six other student-athletes in the 200-free championship final. Sophomore David Morejon (Humble, Texas) finished second in 1:40.47, freshman Kevin Fang (Austin, Texas) took third in 1:41.22, senior Joshua Tomazin (Austin, Texas) took fourth in 1:41.75, freshman Jacob Phillips (Raleigh, N.C.) finished fifth in 1:42.11, sophomore Emilio Sison (Annandale, Va.) claimed sixth in 1:42.81 and freshman Justin Liu (Linwood, N.J.) finished eighth in 1:43.10.

- The Engineers were led by senior Justin Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.) in the 100-breast as he notched an NCAA "B" cut time of 55.62 for third place and Kralj in the 100-back as he registered an NCAA "B" cut time of 50.09 for third place in the 100-back. Behind Chiu in the 100-breast was sophomore Jeffrey Li (Redmond, Wash.) in eighth in 57.73 and senior Dane Erickson (Naples, Fla.) in 11th in 58.19. Behind Kralj in the 100-back was Hu in fifth in 51.03, junior Luke Eure (Davenport, Iowa) in sixth in 51.15 and senior Jeremy Bogle (Weston, Mass.) in eighth in 52.39.

- MIT closed the night with a first-place finish and yet another NCAA "B" cut time in the 200-medley relay as Edskes, Chiu, Ubellacker and Tomazin combined for a time of 1:30.19, which was about 0.35-seconds faster than this morning's swim. The "B" team of Eure, McKenzie, Kralj and Liu claimed first in the "B" final in a time of 1:32.23.

PRELIM HIGHLIGHTS:

- During prelims this morning, MIT recorded four NCAA "B" cut times. Edskes clocked a time of 3:58.30 in the 400-IM, Ubellacker notched a time of 49.34 in the 100-fly, Chiu posted a time of 56.24 in the 100-breast and the 200-medley relay team of Edskes, Chiu, Ubellacker and Tomazin registered a time of 1:30.54.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to the pool tomorrow morning for the final day of the NEWMAC Championship. Events tomorrow include the 1650-free, 200-back, 100-free, 200-breast, 200-fly and 400-free relay. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. and finals start at 6:00 p.m.

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