Men's Swimming and Diving Takes Home 10th Straight NEWMAC Title

Men's Swimming and Diving Takes Home 10th Straight NEWMAC Title

THE BASICS:

- Event: 2018 NEWMAC Championship

- Results: 1st of 7 teams - 1555 points - Final 

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

- The Lead: The MIT men's swimming and diving team won its tenth straight and 13th overall New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship this evening after the Engineers totaled 1555 points.

MIT sophomore Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) was named as the NEWMAC Men's Swimmer of the Year, classmate Samuel Solomon (Rockville, Md.) was named as the NEWMAC Men's Diver of the Year and Coast Guard freshman Eric Fuhs was named as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year.

MIT accumulated 1555 points which was 420.5 points ahead of second place Coast Guard which notched a team score of 1134.5. Behind MIT and Coast Guard was WPI with 983 points, Wheaton in fourth with 577.5, Springfield in fifth with 476, Babson in sixth with 456 and Clark in seventh with 260.

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- Junior Josh Graves (Tustin, Calif.) kicked off the final night of the NEWMAC Championship in style won the league title in the 1650-free in an NCAA "B" cut time of 15:41.57. Behind Graves in the 1650 was sophomore Matt Woicik (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) as he placed fourth in 16:19.14.

- Senior Joshua Tomazin (Austin, Texas) took home the league title in the 100-free and was one of six Engineers in the championship final of the event. Tomazin notched an NCAA "B" cut time of 44.64 and was followed by senior Jeremy Bogle (Weston, Mass.) in fourth (45.90), sophomore David Morejon (Humble, Texas) in fifth (46.08), freshman Justin Liu (Linwood, N.J.) in sixth (46.15), senior Dane Erickson (Naples, Fla.) in seventh (46.32) and sophomore Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) in eighth (46.34). Additionally, freshman Jacob Phillips (Raleigh, N.C.) took 14th overall in a time of 47.61.

- In the 200-back, MIT had four student-athletes in the championship final and they all registered NCAA "B" cut times. Senior Dougie Kogut (Glen Burnie, Md.) finished second for NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference honors in 1:49.05, junior Luke Eure (Davenport, Iowa) finished third in 1:49.83 and junior Gavin Brown (Richmond, Va.) as well as freshman Henry Hu (Southbury, Conn.) tied for fifth in 1:50.41.

- Junior Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) earned NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference honors with his runner-up finish in the 200-breast with a time of 2:03.06. Three other Engineers finished in the top-10 as sophomore Jeffrey Li (Redmond, Wash.) finished fifth in 2:05.13, sophomore Emilio Sison (Annandale, Va.) finished eighth in 2:06.63 and senior Justin Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.) took home ninth place in 2:07.01.

- In the final individual swimming event of the meet, the Engineers swept the top-3 spots in the 200-fly. Edskes won the league title with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:49.16 and was followed by sophomore Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Wash.) in second with a time of 1:51.62 and freshman Kevin Fang (Austin, Texas) in third with a time of 1:52.71.

- Both the "A" and "B" 400 free relay teams registered NCAA "B" cut times in the final event of the 2018 NEWMAC Championship. The "A" team of Tomazin, Edskes, Kogut and Bogle notched a time of 3:00.18, while the "B" team of Fang, Liu, Erickson and Morejon won the "B" final in 3:03.23.

PRELIM HIGHLIGHTS:

- During prelims this morning, there were three individual Engineers who swam NCAA "B" cut times and they were all in the 200-back. Kogut notched a time of 1:49.94, Eure clocked a time of 1:50.18 and Brown touched the wall in 1:50.62.

- Additionally, Edskes, Chiu, Ubellacker and Tomazin teamed up for an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:30.02 in the 200-medley relay during time trials.

- Chiu swam an NCAA "B" cut time of 56.01 in the 100-breast during time trials this evening.

UP NEXT:

- Prior to the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship in a few weeks, MIT's qualified divers will compete in the NCAA Division III Northeast-North Diving Regionals next weekend, March 2 and 3, at Middlebury College. Full details of the regional will be made available later this week.

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