Twelve Men's Swimmers to Represent MIT at Nationals in March

Twelve Men's Swimmers to Represent MIT at Nationals in March

Indianapolis, Ind. (February 28) - After winning its 11th straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title last weekend, the No. 5 MIT men's swimming and diving team found out that they will have 12 swimmers represented at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship, which is scheduled to take place at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina from March 20-23, in 2019.

The NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Committee announced the participants last night.

Senior Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) will be making his fourth straight appearance at the NCAA Division III Championship, while senior Josh Graves (Tustin, Calif.), junior Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) and classmate Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Wash.) have been invited for the third time in their careers.

Junior Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) has been selected for the second straight season, while first-years Jordan Ren (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Nicholas Baginski (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), Kyri Chen (Naperville, Ill.) and Alex Ellison (Tomball, Texas) as well as sophomores Kevin Fang (Austin, Texas) and Justin Liu (Linwood, N.J.) will be making their first career appearance at the NCAA Division III National Championship event. Junior Emilio Sison (Annandale, Va.) will also be joining the Engineers in Greensboro as a relay swimmer.

Individually, Ubellacker is seeded second in the 50-free (19.88) and seventh in the 100-free (44.26), while Edskes is seeded third in the 100-fly (48.08) fifth in the 200-IM (1:48.94) and sixth in the 200-fly (1:48.26) and Ren is seeded eighth in the 200-IM (1:49.54).

On top of the 11 individuals swimming in their events, all five relays for the Engineers will be competing in Greensboro later in March. Of the five relays, the 200-free relay is seeded highest at third with a time of 1:20.87, which is just 0.24-seconds off the top-seeded time from Emory, while the 200-medley relay and 400-medley relay are both sixth, the 800-free relay is seventh and the 400-free relay is ninth.

Swimmers are allowed to compete in as many as three individual events at NCAA's overall. For events in which they were not selected as qualifiers, they need to have posted an NCAA "B" cut time over the course of the regular season. Divers will be officially added to the psych sheets at the conclusion of the regional round which will take place this weekend at four sites across the country including at MIT. 

The top-eight finishers in each event earn All-America honors, while ninth through 16th are named as honorable mention All-Americans.

On each of the four days of competition, trials will begin at 10:00 a.m. and finals will kick off at 6:00 p.m.

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