Breaking two school records and earning one NCAA A cut and nine NCAA B Cuts, the MIT men's swimming and diving team had a thoroughly dominating weekend, winning the six team MIT Invitational swim meet. The Engineer men amassed 1424 points, almost double that of second place NYU and third place Tufts University.
Wyatt Ubellacker set a school record and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Nationals with his victory in the 100 fly in a time of 49.14. Behind him, Toomas Sepp earned a B Cut (50.44) while picking up valuable points for the Engineers.
Colby Dunn was the other record-setter, writing a new school best in the 200 free (1:40.07) and earning a B Cut. Ubellacker and Dunn also each earned B Cuts in the 50 Free, coming in at 20.69 and 20.73, respectively.
The Engineers started the meet out well by placing first and second in the 200 yard freestyle relay. Ubellacker, Dunn, Craig Cheney, Brett Boval won the event in 1:21.86 and earned a B Cut for Nationals, setting a team record in the process. MIT then took five of the top six spots in the 500 yard freestyle, led by freshman Carlo Biedenharn (4:40.71).
The Engingeers also saw B Cuts earned by Brendan Deveney, who won the 200 IM in a time of 1:54.01, and the 400 medley relay team. Ubellacker, Dunn, Ron Rosenberg and Michael Liao won that event in a time of 3:25.42. Lioa, Boval, Ubellacker and Dunn were also in the 200 medley relay, earning a B Cut with a 1:32.90 finish.
Liao, a freshman, also won the 100 yard breakstroke (59.13) and 200 yard breaststroke (2:08.77).
On the diving board, Chao He was the only competitor for the Engineers, placing 7th in both the 3 meter and 1 meter apparatus.
Wheaton finished fourth in the event, followed by Bowdoin.
Three Engineer swimmers broke school records this past weekend, leading the MIT women's swimmers to victory in the annual MIT Invitational swim meet at the Zesiger Pool. Katelyn Rossick, Calley Murphy and Christy Rogers all set new best marks for MIT in individual events and Tech amassed 1045 points to emerge victorious in the seven team field.
Rogers took second place in the 100 yard backstroke (58.66) and Rossick also finished second in the 400 yard IM (4:33.37). Both school records were also good for B Cuts to the NCAA National meet. Murphy set her school record in the 100 breaststroke, in which she finished third in a time of 1:07.05.
The Engineers had managed only second place finishes in the first two events before Anna Kokensparger won the 200 IM, earning a B Cut in 2:06.74. Kokensparger also got herself a B cut in the 100 fly, winning the event in 57.76.
The Engineers medley teams were very effective, with both the 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay teams earning B cuts. Rogers, Kokensparger, Morganne Klein, and Elina Hu won the 400 yard medley in 3:54.05, while Calley Murphy took Klein's place in the same team that won the 200 yard medley (1:47.85).
Beth Stavely managed a third place finish on the 3 meter diving board, with a score of 249.30 and took fourth on the 1 meter board (218.15). Elise Stave and Mia Stevens finished right behind her in 1 meter diving competition.
The Harvard Crimson finished second in the meet with 772 points, followed by NYU. Wheaton placed fourth in the event, followed by Tufts University, Bowdoin, and Colby College.
The NYU men’s swimming and diving team finished in second place in a field of six teams at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Invitational, held Friday and Saturday, December 3-4, in Cambridge, MA. The Violets scored 778.5 points and finished behind MIT.
“I’m very pleased with the team’s performances, especially since we didn’t do a full paper or shave for the meet,” said head coach Bob Sorensen. “Virtually every swimmer swam season best times in multiple events.”
The swimmers were led by Bryson Naylor, who won the 400 individual medley. His time of 4:08.62 was less than one second off the B cut for the NCAA National Championships (4:07.81). Naylor also placed second in both the 100 breaststroke (1:00.28) and the 200 breaststroke (2:08.82) and anchored the relay team that took third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:15.67).
Andy King, James Bedell and Ed Carroll also swam on that relay team.
Other top Violets included Charlie Wu, who took third in the 200 backstroke (1:57.55) and Danny Isaacson, who placed fourth in the 1650 freestyle (17:21.08).
“This performance puts us in a very good position going into exams,” Sorensen said. “Physically, we swam well and mentally, it’s a good boost to know that we can perform well when we have to. The team’s hard training for the fall has paid off.”
The diving team had several strong performances, placing three divers in the top five. Max Norris once again led the team, winning the one-meter dive with 253.35 points. Jeff Bubley placed fourth with 199.30 points and Ryan Drumm finished in fifth, earning 194.50 points.
“It was a great day for men’s diving,” said diving coach Scott Donie. “I’m really proud of everyone today. This performance sets us up for a great second half after the break.”
The NYU women’s swimming and diving team finished in third place in a field of six teams at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Invitational, held Friday and Saturday, December 3-4, in Cambridge, MA. The Violets scored 663.83 points and finished behind MIT and Harvard University.
Paula Guzman led the swimming team, placing second in the 1650 freestyle. She finished the race in 17:33.91 and made the B cut for the NCAA Championships (17:39.80).
Jessica Harrison and Molly Rippe also performed will in the 1650. Harrison placed third (17:41.39) and Rippe finishing in fourth place (17:43.26). Rippe also swam on the 800 freestyle relay team that finished third in that race (8:04.08).
Alexandra Strzempko, Nina Rusiewski and Gabby Borutecene rounded out the relay team.
Borutecene and Rusiewski also performed well on their own. Borutecene placed second in the 200 freestyle (1:57.38) and third in the 400 individual medley (4:39.57) while Rusiewski took fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:58.51).
“Overall, we had a good team effort. It was a good culmination of the first semester,” said head coach Lauren Beam. “This meet was a nice way to end this semester’s competition.”
Amanda Moffa led the diving team, placing fifth in the three-meter dive with 225.05 points.
“Amanda had one of the best meets of her career,” said diving coach Scott Donie. “I’m really proud of everyone today. This performance sets us up for a great second half after the break.”