Men's Swimming & Diving Wins 11th Straight NEWMAC Title

Photo by Frank Poulin
Photo by Frank Poulin

THE BASICS:

- Event: 2019 NEWMAC Championship

- Results: 1st of 7 (1477.50 points) - Final 

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

- The Lead: The MIT men's swimming and diving team won its 11th straight and 14th overall New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship title this evening after the Engineers totaled 1477.50 points over the past four days.

At the conclusion of the meet, first-year Jordan Ren (Chapel Hill, N.C.) was named as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and classmate Jay Lang (South Lyon, Mich.) took home NEWMAC Diver of the Year accolades.

MIT accumulated 1477.50 points which was 298 points ahead of second place Coast Guard which tallied 1179.50 points over the four day meet. In third was host WPI (857 points), in fourth was Babson College (498), in fifth was Wheaton College (476), in sixth was Springfield College (475) and in seventh was Clark University (219). 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Tonight's time trial session began with junior Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) breaking the national record in the 100-IM as he clocked a time of 49.67-seconds. The record was held by Luis Weekes of Kenyon College, who broke the record himself just last week with a time of 50.37-seconds.

- In the first contested event of the night, senior Josh Graves (Tustin, Calif.) took home gold in the 1650-free with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 15:43.04 which currently ranks 12th in Division III. He was joined by sophomore Jacob Phillips (Raleigh, N.C.) on the podium as he finished sixth overall in 16:34.23.

- Edskes was the only other individual student-athlete to win an event on the final day of the 2019 NEWMAC Championship as he earned gold in the 200-fly with his NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:48.72. First-year David He (South Setauket, N.Y.) earned NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference honors with his NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:50.54, while sophomore Connor Sweeney (Wilmington, Del.) finished third with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:50.72. Junior Matt Woicik (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and sophomore Kevin Fang (Austin, Texas) rounded out the list of Engineers in the championship final of the 200-fly as Woicik finished seventh in 1:52.28 and Fang clocked a time of 1:53.59 for ninth in the event.

- MIT had three student-athletes in the 200-breast championship final as Ren finished as the runner-up in an NCAA 'B' cut time of 2:03.32, senior Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) finished third in an NCAA 'B' cut time of 2:03.36 and first-year Brandon Yue (Sammamish, Wash.) took sixth in 2:07.03.

- Five Engineers competed in the championship final of the 100-free and they were led by junior Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) who took home NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference honors with his swim of 45.61-seconds. He was followed by first-year Alex Ellison (Tomball, Texas) in third in 45.72, sophomore Justin Liu (Linwood, N.J.) and junior Emilio Sison (Annandale, Va.) in a tie for fourth in 45.97, first-year Kyri Chen (Naperville, Ill.) in seventh in 46.27 and classmate Nicholas Baginski (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) in ninth in 46.65.

- First-year Jaya Kambhampaty (Arlington, Va.) rounded out the individual highlights for MIT tonight as he finished third in the 200-back with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:49.68. He was followed in the championship final by sophomore Henry Hu (Southbury, Conn.) in fourth in 1:50.39, senior Gavin Brown (Richmond, Va.) in seventh in 1:52.44 and Woicik in tenth in 1:57.37.

- In the meet's final event, the 400-free relay, both of MIT's relay quartets registered NCAA 'B' cut times. In the 'A' final, Ellison, Baginski, Sison and Ubellacker won the event in 3:01.89, while Chen, Brown, Liu and Edskes claimed the 'B' final in 3:01.91.

UP NEXT:

- Prior to the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship in a few weeks, MIT's qualified divers will compete in the NCAA Division III Northeast-North Diving Regionals next weekend, March 1 and 2, at home. Full details of the regional will be made available later this week.

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