Men's Swimming and Diving Earns Seven All-America Honors on Opening Night of NCAA Championship

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THE BASICS:

Event: 2019 NCAA Division III Championship

Results: 5th (53points) - After Day One

Location: Greensboro, North Carolina (Greensboro Aquatic Center)

The Lead: The MIT men's swimming and diving team opened competition at the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship and saw seven student-athletes earn All-America accolades. Through one full day of competition, the Engineers are in fifth place with 53 points. 

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- Individually, junior Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) posted the best finish for the Engineers on the opening night of the national championship as he registered a fifth-place finish for All-America honors in the 200-IM with a time of 1:48.55. First-year Jordan Ren (Chapel Hill, N.C.) took home Honorable Mention All-America accolades in the event as he finished 15th overall in 1:51.02.

- After coming in to the championship with the second-fastest time in the 50-free in Division III, junior Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) earned Honorable Mention All-America honors tonight as he won the consolation final for ninth place in 20.23 seconds.

- Both Edskes and Ubellacker teamed up with junior Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Ind.) and senior Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) in the 200-medley relay as the quartet notched a time of 1:29.28 for fifth place and All-America honors in the event.

- Senior Josh Graves (Tustin, Calif.) finished in 24th place in the 500-free with a time of 4:35.15, while in his first appearance on the national stage, first-year Nicholas Baginski (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) finished 48th in the 50-free in a time of 21.36.

UP NEXT:

- Tomorrow, the men's swimming and diving team will have student-athletes competing in the 200 free relay, the 400-IM, 100-fly, 1-meter dive and 400 medley relay.

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