Edskes Breaks 100 Fly Meet Record to Lead Men's Swimming and Diving on Third Day of NEWMAC Championship

Photo by Frank Poulin
Photo by Frank Poulin

THE BASICS:

Event: 2019 NEWMAC Championship

Results: 1st of 7 (1016 points) - After Day Three

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

The Lead: MIT junior Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.)highlighted the efforts for the men's swimming and diving team on the third day of the 2019 NEWMAC Championship as he broke his own meet record in the 100-fly. In total, the Engineers took home wins in four of seven events tonight.

Through three days of the championship meet, MIT leads in the team standings with 1016 points. The Engineers are followed by Coast Guard (829 points), WPI (576), Springfield College (373), Babson College (369), Wheaton College (333) and Clark University (165). 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Edskes broke another meet record making it two for him so far through the NEWMAC Championship as he took gold and clocked a time of 48.08 in the 100-fly. His swim of 48.08 currently stands third fastest in Division III. Edskes was joined by four other Engineers in the championship final of the 100-fly as classmate Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) finished sixth in 49.87, sophomore Connor Sweeney (Wilimington, Del.) was seventh in 50.16, sophomore Henry Hu (Southbury, Conn.) finished ninth in 50.61 and first-year Jaya Kambhampaty (Arlington, Va.) finished tenth in 50.95.

- Two other individuals took home the NEWMAC title in their respective events. First-year Jordan Ren (Chapel Hill, N.C.) took 5.5-seconds off his swim from this morning and registered a time of 3:58.14 in the 400-IM, which currently ranks 18th in Division III. Classmate Alex Ellison (Tomball, Texas) was the other winner for the Engineers as he earned gold in the 200-free with a time of 1:40.58. Ren was joined by two other Engineers in the championship final as senior Josh Graves (Tustin, Calif.) finished fourth in 4:01.53 and first-year David He (South Setauket, N.Y.) finished seventh in 4:06.96, while senior Gavin Brown (Richmond, Va.) won the consolation final in 4:09.20.

- A total of five Engineers competed in the championship final of the 200-free including Ellison, who won the event. Behind Ellison was sophomoreKevin Fang (Austin, Texas) in third in 1:40.96, sophomore Justin Liu (Lindwood, N.J.) in fourth in 1:42.35, junior Emilio Sison (Annandale, Va.) in eighth in 1:42.81 and sophomore Jacob Phillips (Raleigh, N.C.) in tenth in 1:43.83. 

- Hu was the fastest Engineer in the 100-back as he took third place with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 50.12. He was followed by Kambhampaty in fourth in 50.40 and first-year Kyri Chen (Naperville, Ill.) in fifth in 50.64. Junior Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Wash.) won the consolation final in a time of 51.70. 

- Rounding out the individual swimming highlights was senior Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) and first-year Brandon Yue (Sammamish, Wash.) who competed in the championship final of the 100-breast. McKenzie finished third with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 56.06, while Yue clocked a time of 58.48 for ninth in the event. 

- In the final event of tonight's session, Edskes, McKenzie, Ubellacker and Liu claimed the league title in the 200-medley relay with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:29.51, which was 1.59-seconds faster than the prelim swim by Kambhampaty, McKenzie, Edskes and Ubellacker who also notched a 'B' cut with a time of 1:31.10

- In the diving well, MIT took three of the top six places. First-year Jay Lang (South Lyon, Mich.) earned NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference honors with his score of 534.40, while junior Samuel Solomon (Rockville, Md.) was third with 533.75 points and senior Jeremy Sands (Skokie, Ill.) finished sixth with 447.20. All three have already qualified for the NCAA Diving Regional next weekend, which will take place inside MIT's Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool, but all three scores were well above the qualifying mark.

UP NEXT:

- The Engineers return to the pool tomorrow morning for the final 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 1650-free, 200-back, 100-free, 200-breast, 200-fly and 400-free relay.

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