- Event: 2018 MIT Winter Invitational
- Results: 2nd of 6 (233 points) - After Day One
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool)
- The Lead: The No. 6 MIT men's swimming and diving team won all three events and recorded five NCAA "B" cut times on the opening night of the MIT Winter Invitational.
After tonight's session, the Engineers are in second place with 233 points only behind Tufts University, which tallied 256 points this evening. In third is RPI (213 points), fourth is Keene State (84), fifth is Wheaton College (75) and sixth is Bowdoin (42), which only chose to bring its divers to this year's meet.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The "A" 800 free relay team comprised of Kevin Fang (Austin, Texas), Alex Ellison (Tomball, Texas), Emilio Sison (Annandale, Va.) and Bouke Esdkes (Rockville, Md.) registered a time of 6:42.99, which was nearly six seconds ahead of the second-place team from Tufts and was fast enough to claim an NCAA "B" cut time tonight. The "C" relay team of Gavin Brown (Richmond, Va.), Henry Hu (Southbury, Conn.), Luke Eure (Davenport, Iowa)and Jaya Kambhampaty (Arlington, Va.) finished third in 6:55.49, while the "B" relay team of Jordan Ren (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Jacob Phillips (Raleigh, N.C.), David He (South Setauket, N.Y.) and Brandon Yue (Sammamish, Wash.) took fourth in 6:57.27.
- In the 1650-free, the lone MIT representative Josh Graves (Tustin, Calif.) turned in a time of 15:50.77 for an NCAA "B" cut and a first-place finish for the Engineers.
- In the diving well, the all four student-athletes for MIT finished inside the top-five led by Jay Lang (South Lyon, Mich.), who registered a collegiate-best six-dive score of 370.65. Lang was followed by Samuel Solomon (Rockville, Md.) in second with 332.65 points, Jeremy Sands (Skokie, Ill.) in third with 272.80 points and Maxwell Halkenhauser (Denville, N.J.) in fifth with 243.65 points.
- Three of MIT's five NCAA "B" cut times came in time trials tonight as Nicholas Baginski (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) clocked a time of 20.61 in the 50-free, Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) clocked a time of 44.26 in the 100-free, which was just 0.34-seconds off the pace of his brother's school record set in 2012-13 and Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Wash.) notched a time of 1:49.71 in the 200-fly.
- The Engineers return to the pool tomorrow morning for the second day of the 2018 MIT Winter Invitational. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. and finals will start at 6:00 p.m. Events scheduled for tomorrow include the 200-free relay, 200-fly, 200-free, 100-breast, 100-back, 400-IM, 50-free, 400-medley relay, women's 3-meter diving and men's 1-meter diving.