- Score: No. 5 MIT 189, No. 11 Amherst College 111
- Records: No. 5 MIT (8-1); No. 11 Amherst College (6-1)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports & Fitness Center Pool)
- The Lead: First-year diver Jay Lang (South Lyon, Mich.) smashed the pool record on the 3-meter board, classmate Jordan Ren (Chapel Hill, N.C.) posted a pair of victories in the pool and junior Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) posted a pair of NCAA "B" cut times to lead the No. 6 MIT men's swimming and diving team to a 189-111 win over No. 11 Amherst College on Saturday afternoon in Cambridge.
Prior to today's meet, the Engineers honored their five seniors including Gavin Brown (Richmond, Va.), Luke Eure (Davenport, Iowa), Josh Graves (Tustin, Calif.), Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) and Jeremy Sands (Skokie, Ill.) for their contributions towards the MIT men's swimming and diving program over the past four seasons.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Engineers began the dual meet with the Mammoths by sweeping the top two spots in the 200-medley relay. First-year Jaya Kambhampaty (Arlington, Va.), McKenzie, Edskes and junior Emilio Sison (Annandale, Va.) took the top spot in 1:32.29, while junior Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Wash.), first-year Kyri Chen (Naperville, Ill.), junior Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) and sophomore Justin Liu (Linwood, N.J.) finished second in 1:32.84.
- Edskes led MIT to a 1-2-3 sweep of the 200-fly as he won the event an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:50.12 and was followed by first-year David He (South Setauket, N.Y.) in 1:54.63 and junior Matt Woicik (Manahattan Beach, Calif.) in third in 1:57.61. Edskes' other "B" cut time came as a first-place finish in the 100-fly in 48.86.
- Ren registered first place finishes in both the 200-free in 1:43.09 as well as the 200-IM in 1:53.38 and was followed by classmate Luke Stewart (New Canaan, Conn.) and Chen with time of 1:57.05 and 1:57.24, respectively, to secure the 1-2-3 sweep in the event.
- Chen, Ubellacker and Graves also tallied first place finishes in their respective individual events as Chen won the 100-free in 47.21, Ubellacker touched the wall first in the 50-free in 20.82 and Graves won the 1000-freee in 9:48.17.
- Ren, McKenzie and Graves round out the individual swimming highlights for the Engineers as Ren was the runner-up in the 200-back in 1:53.55, McKenzie was second in both the 100-breast in 57.87 and the 200-breast in 2:07.49 and Graves was second in the 500-free in 4:45.72.
- Sison, first-year Alex Ellison (Tomball, Texas), Edskes and Ubellacker posted a victory in the meet's final event, the 400-free relay, in 3:04.99 to secure the 189-111 dual meet win for the Engineers over the Mammoths.
- In the diving well, Lang smashed the pool record on the 3-meter board with his NCAA Division III Northeast-North qualifying score of 419.78. His mark breaks the record of 390.50 set by Connor Brisson of NYU back in 2017.
- Lang, junior Samuel Solomon (Rockville, Md.) and Sands all posted six-dive NCAA qualifying scores on both boards, while sophomore Maxwell Halkenhauser (Denville, N.J.) got his qualifying score by posting an 11-dive on the 1-meter board. Solomon finished first on the 1-meter board (322.13) and second on the 3-meter board (344.17), Lang finished second on the 1-meter board (315.45) in addition to his record-breaking performance on the 3-meter board and Sands took fourth on the 1-meter board (288.75) and fifth on the 3-meter board (271.20).
- The next time MIT will compete in a meet will be in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship meet which will take place from February 21-24 at WPI. Action is scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm on the 21st.
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