800 Free Relay Leads Men's Swimming and Diving on Opening Night of NEWMAC Championship

800 Free Relay Leads Men's Swimming and Diving on Opening Night of NEWMAC Championship

THE BASICS:

Event: 2019 NEWMAC Championship

Results: 1st of 7 (131 points) - After Day One

Location: Worcester, Mass. (WPI Sports & Recreation Center)

The Lead: The 800 free relay team swam the fifth fastest time in the country and registered an NCAA 'B' cut time to lead the MIT men's swimming and diving team on the first night of the 2019 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The 'A' 800 free relay comprised of junior Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.), first-year Jordan Ren (Chapel Hill, N.C.), sophomore Kevin Fang (Austin, Texas) and first-year Alex Ellison (Tomball, Texas) registered a first-place finish with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 6:41.45. Their time also currently ranks fifth in Division III which will be put to the test at nationals next month.

- The 'B' 800 free relay quartet of senior Gavin Brown (Richmond, Va.), sophomore Jacob Phillips (Raleigh, N.C.), first-year Nicholas Baginski (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) and junior Emilio Sison (Annadale, Va.) won their heat with a time of 6:52.81.

- In the diving well on the 3-meter board, first-year Jay Lang (South Lyon, Mich.) and junior Samuel Solomon (Rockville, Md.) posted NCAA Division III Northeast-North qualifying scores. Lang took home the NEWMAC crown with 567.95 points, while Solomon took third with 516.35 points. Senior Jeremy Sands (Skokie, Ill.) finished sixth overall with 417.85 points. 

UP NEXT:

- The Engineers return to the pool tomorrow morning for the second day of the 2019 NEWMAC. 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, 500-free, 200-IM, 50-free and the 400 medley relay.

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