- Event: 2018 MIT Winter Invitational
- Results: 1st of 6 (1154.5 points) - After Day Two
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool)
- The Lead: The No. 6 ranked MIT men's swimming and diving team moved into first place after the second day of the 2018 Winter Invitational held inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center. The Engineers registered 13 NCAA "B" cut times tonight and through three sessions in the pool have tallied a meet-best 1154.50 points.
Behind the Engineers in the team standings is Tufts with 1100 points, RPI with 693.50 points, Wheaton College with 223 points, Keene State College with 210 points and Bowdoin College, which only brought its divers, with 79 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Tonight's session began with a first-place finish and an NCAA 'B' cut time by the 200-free relay team comprised of Kyri Chen (Naperville, Ill.), Nicholas Baginski (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), Justin Liu (Linwood, N.J.) and Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) as they clocked a time of 1:20.87. Behind the 'A' relay was the 'B' quartet of Alex Ellison (Tomball, Texas), Jaya Kambhampaty (Arlington, Va.), Jordan Ren (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Emilio Sison (Annandale, Va.), who finished third in 1:23.20 as well as the 'C' relay team of Luke Stewart (New Canaan, Conn.), Luke Eure (Davenport, Iowa), Brian Glat (Armonk, N.Y.) and Henry Hu (Southbury, Conn.), who finished seventh in 1:27.37.
- Seven individuals recorded NCAA 'B' cut times in their respective events over the course of the day. Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) won the 200-fly tonight with a time of 1:50.29 after posting a mark of 1:48.26, both of which were below the NCAA standard. David He (South Setauket, N.Y.) took second in the 200-fly with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:50.59 tonight, while Connor Sweeney (Wilmington, Del.) took third in the 200-fly. Tonight, Sweeney posted a time of 1:50.94 in the finals, but his cut time came in the form of a 1:50.20 mark this morning during prelims.
- Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) notched a pair of NCAA 'B' cut times with his first-place finish in the 100-breast. His prelim time of 55.24 was a season-best which came before his winning time of 55.33 in the finals. Ubellacker's second-place time of 19.33 in the finals of the 50-free and his time of 19.88 in the prelims of the 50-free were both below the 20.66 'B' cut standard, while Liu, who took third in the 50-free claimed his 'B' cut tonight as he touched the wall in 20.59-seconds. During prelims, Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Wash.) registered a time of 49.30 in the 100-back to notch his first individual cut time of the season.
- The 400-medley relay team comprised of Kralj, McKenzie, Edskes and Ubellacker picked up the win in the session's final event as the clocked an NCAA 'B' cut time of 3:17.35. They were followed by Hu, Ren, Sweeney and Liu who finished second in 3:23.01.
- Other great swims in the pool today came from Ellison who won the 200-free in a time of 1:41.76, from Hu and Kambhampaty, who tied for second in the 100-back with a time of 50.85 and Ren who finished as the runner-up in the 100-breast in a time of 56.95. Additionally, Emilio Sison (Annandale, Va.) was second in the 200-free in 1:42.33 and He finished second in the 400-IM in 4:04.40.
- In the diving well, the Engineers swept the top-three positions with their six-dive scores. Samuel Solomon (Rockville, Md.) took home the 1-meter crown with a score of 322.80, Jay Lang (South Lyon, Mich.) was second with 308.65 points and Jeremy Sands (Skokie, Ill.) was third with 265.75 points.
- The Engineers return to the pool tomorrow morning for the final 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-medley relay, 500-free, 200-back, 100-fly, 200-breast, 100-free, 200-IM and the 400-free relay.