Men’s swim team wins No. 1 ranked Engineers overtake Tufts

On a windy Saturday afternoon in New England, the No. 1 nationally-ranked, undefeated MIT Men’s Swimming and Diving defeated Tufts University, 255-101. The Engineers won all but two of the events, sweeping first through third place in a number of them. Five different MIT swimmers won two of their individual events.

MIT started things off the right way, coming in first and second in the 400 yard medley relay. The A relay touched first in 3:26.47, and the B relay came in a few seconds later with a time of 3:32.48, a full four seconds before Tufts’ A relay. Michael Lu ’16 finished just half a second after Christian Jones of Tufts in the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 9:52.92. Timothy A. Wall ’14 finished third in 9:55.66 and Maxwell T. Pruner ’13 was fifth with a time of 10:16.86.

Brendan T. Deveney ’13 finished just three one-hundredths of a second ahead of Cam Simko in the 200 yard freestyle in a time of 1:44.53. Langston E. Fitts ’16 was third in 1:46.65 and Remy A. Mock ’14 came in fifth with a time of 1:48.43. As expected, Bradley A. Mattix ’16 won the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 50.64. Bradford E. Jokubaitis ’16 came third, Brendan F. Liu ’13 was fourth, and Ron Rosenberg ’13 was fifth.

MIT freshmen dominated the 100 yard breaststroke, taking first through third place, with Dion W. Low ’16 touching first in 59.06, the only swimmer in the event to go under one minute. Alexander I. Lednev ‘16 came in second with a time of 1:01.82, and Michael Fu ‘16 was third in 1:02.78. It was the same story in the 200 yard butterfly, with MIT underclassmen finishing in first through fourth place. Thomas E. Norris ’16 was first in 1:53.95, Benjamin R. Bauchwitz ’15 came second in 1:56.10, and Luke S. Schlueter ’16 was third in 1:56.19.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Wyatt L. Ubellacker ’13 reprised his role as the winner with a time of 20.21. Craig B. Cheney ’14 touched second in 21.99, and Anthony Chen ’13 was third with a time of 22.04. Austin D. Fathman ’15 finished first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.52, Chen was second in 47.96 and Fitts was third in 48.40. The Engineers then took first through third place in the 200-yard backstroke, with Mattix finishing on top in 1:54.80, Lednev following behind with a time of 1:55.35 and Liu in third place with a time of 1:55.50.

In the remaining five events, the Engineers took first, second and third place in all but one of them, the 100-yard butterfly. Low won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:10.22, Norris had his second win of the day in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:43.59, Ubellacker won his second event, the 100-yard butterfly, in 49.38, and Lednev was victorious in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:56.55. To end the session, the MIT 400-yard freestyle A relay was first with a time of 3:09.60, and the B relay was second in 3:13.43, finishing almost ten seconds ahead of Tufts’ A relay.

The Engineers will hit the road next to face Amherst College on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 1:00 p.m.