Men's Swimming and Diving Breaks Two Meet Records On Second Day of NEWMAC Championship

Photo by Frank Poulin
Photo by Frank Poulin

THE BASICS:

Event: 2019 NEWMAC Championship

Results: 1st of 7 (517 points) - After Day Two 

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

The Lead: MIT men's swimming and diving produced a pair of meet records and posted a total of 12 NCAA 'B' cut times between the two sessions on the second day of the 2019 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship.

Midway through the championship meet, the Engineers hold the lead in the team standings with 517 points and are followed by Coast Guard (439 points), WPI (285), Springfield College (221), Babson College (194), Wheaton College (175) and Clark University (98).

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- Tonight's session began with a record-breaking performance by the 200-free relay team comprised of first-year Kyri Chen (Naperville, Ill.), sophomore Justin Liu (Linwood, N.J.) and juniors Emilio Sison (Annandale, Va.) and Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.). The quartet claimed gold in the event in 1:20.99 and bested their time from this morning by 0.18-seconds to not only achieve an NCAA 'B' cut time but secure a new meet record which was held by Daryl NeubeiserJustin ChiuJeremy Bogle and Austin Fathman of the Engineers since 2015. 

- First-years Alex Ellison (Tomball, Texas)Jaya Kambhampaty (Arlington, Va.) and Nicholas Baginski (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) as well as senior Gavin Brown (Richmond, Va.) won the 'B' final of the same event with a time of 1:23.13, which was 0.45-seconds quicker than their swim this morning.

- The Engineers also put together some impressive individual swims today highlighted by a new meet record of 1:48.94 in the 200-IM set by junior Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) in this morning's preliminary session. His time from this morning currently sits at sixth fastest in Division III. The The 200-IM final heats tonight saw eight Engineers contribute points towards MIT's score and two NCAA 'B' cut times. Edskes took the NEWMAC title in an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:49.18 and first-year Jordan Ren (Chapel Hill, N.C.) earned Second Team All-Conference honors with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:50.95. Additionally, Brown finished fourth in 1:53.59, Sison was fifth in 1:53.68, senior Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) was seventh in 1:54.12, first-year David He (South Setauket, N.Y.) was ninth in 1:54.51, senior Luke Eure (Davenport, Iowa) was 14th in 1:56.78 and first-year Brandon Yue (Sammamish, Wash.) was 18th in 1:58.39.

- Two other Engineers registered NCAA 'B' cut times this evening. Ubellacker took the NEWMAC crown in the 50-free with his swim of 20.30, while Graves earned NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference accolades in the 500-free with his swim of 4:30.95, which was nearly six seconds faster than his time from this morning.

- MIT had four swimmers in the championship final of the 50-free including Ubellacker as behind him was sophomore Justin Liu (Linwood, N.J.) in third (20.69), Chen in fourth (20.81) and Baginski in eighth (21.39). Junior Matt Woicik (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) also represented MIT in the championship final of the 500-free as he took tenth in a time of 4:49.76.

- MIT rounded out the second day of the 2019 NEWMAC Championship with a runner-up performance in the 400-medley relay as Kambhampaty, McKenzie, Edskes and Ubellacker clocked an NCAA 'B' cut time of 3:18.48, an improvement of 0.77-seconds from this morning. Sophomore Henry Hu (Southbury, Conn.), Ren, sophomore Connor Sweeney (Wilmington, Del.) and Sison won the 'B' final in 3:20.68.

UP NEXT: 

- The Engineers return to the pool tomorrow morning for the third day of the 2019 NEWMAC Championship. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. and finals will start at 6:00 p.m. Events scheduled for tomorrow include the 400-IM, 100-fly, 200-free, 100-breast, 100-back, 1-meter diving and 200-medley relay.

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