Men’s swimming wins fifth NEWMAC title

Engineers win 15 out of 20 events

The MIT men’s swimming and diving team won 15 of 20 events to defend its NEWMAC Championship. The Engineers, whose five league titles are one shy of the Coast Guard’s NEWMAC record, finished with 1,027 points. Coast Guard came in second with 947.5 points, while Springfield College was third with a score of 673.5.

Tech’s Lucas R. Cummings ’10 played a role in six event victories, anchoring four winning relays and tallying two individual titles. The senior finished first in the 50-yard Free with a NCAA Championship provisional qualifying time (“B-cut”) of 21.01 and took the 100 Free crown in a B-cut time of 45.72.

Brendan T. Deveney ’13 touched the wall first in the 200 IM (1:54.18), while Matthew R. Chapa ’12 (1:54.35) and David C. Parell ’12 (1:54.70) rounded out a 1-2-3 sweep of the event for the Cardinal and Gray; all three posted B-cut times in the event. Chapa’s time in the preliminaries (1:54.10) set a NEWMAC Championship meet record.

On Saturday, Engineers took the top three spots in the 100 Fly. Chapa (50.27), Brett L. Boval ’12 (50.72) and Toomas R. Sepp ’11 (50.83) held off the competition with B-cut times. During the trials, MIT’s Wyatt L. Ubellacker ’13 also notched a B cut.

Timothy J. Stumbaugh ’12 received three All-Conference honors over the weekend, beginning with his winning swim in the 400 IM (4:03.86). His B-cut time in the event marked the only NEWMAC open record to be set during the weekend; Deveney took second in the event (4:05.42). Stumbaugh also picked up Second-Team honors and B-cut times in the 100 Back (52.13) and 200 Back (1:51.30).

Rastislav Racz ’10 closed his NEWMAC career with wins in all four of his races. The breaststroker picked up wins in the 100-yard (57.27) and 200-yard (2:04.02) events and helped both medley relays to victory. Parell took third in both individual events with his swims of 58.17 in the 100 Breast and 2:07.75 in the 200 Breast.

Two other Engineers notched individual wins: Michael J. Dobson ’11 won the 500 Free (4:36.45) and 1650 Free (16:02.04), and Sepp took the 200 Fly (1:53.91).

MIT also won four of the five relays.

MIT’s men’s and women’s teams will now prepare for the NCAA Division III National Championship at the University of Minnesota, March 18-21.