Westwood, Mass. (October 24) – In the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's swimming and diving preseason coaches' poll, which was released by the league this morning, the No. 4 nationally-ranked MIT men's swimming and diving team was picked the win the conference championship for the 11th straight year. The Engineers earned six of a possible seven first place votes, with each head coach not allowed to vote for their own team. The Engineers will be guided by fourth-year head coach Dani Korman.
Last season, MIT won the NEWMAC Championship for the tenth consecutive year and finished in fifth place with 252.50 points at the NCAA Division III Championship, which marked the tenth straight top-10 finish and sixth time in history that the Engineers have finished fifth or better at nationals. The men's swimming and diving program earned 37 All-Conference honors, won 14 of 20 contested events and set three NEWMAC meet records at the conference championship and followed that performance up with 34 All-America honors at the NCAA Championship.
The Engineers return two-time national runner-up and two-time NEWMAC Men's Swimmer of the Year Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.)as well as two-time NEWMAC Men's Diver of the Year Samuel Solomon (Rockville, Md.)to the team this winter. Additionally, MIT added ten freshmen to the roster who will swim and dive alongside 17 other student-athletes who were on the team last season.
MIT will open its season with back-to-back dual meets as the Engineers will host Division I Yale University on Saturday, November 3 at 11:00 am and NEWMAC foe Springfield College on Saturday, November 10 at 1:00 pm.
2018 NEWMAC Men's Swimming and Diving Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. MIT (6)
2. Coast Guard (1)