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MIT Athletics | January 11, 2014

MIT returns to pool with blowout of Coast Guard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- At its first meet since the Winter Invite more than a month ago, MIT defeated New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Coast Guard by a score of 203.5-74.5 at home on Saturday afternoon. Tech swam a number of events that are normally reserved just for relays, such as the 50-yard butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke, and ended the day by finishing in first place in 14 of the 16 events.

To start the afternoon, the Engineers took first through third place in the 400-yard medley relay, with the A relay leading the way with its time of 3:25.49. The B relay followed in second place in 3:29.98 and the C relay was third, touching with a 3:35.49. Senior Tim Wall started things off with a win in the 1,000-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 10:09.82. Freshman John Matthews was close behind, coming in second in 10:13.60.

Senior Remy Mock was the first of three Engineers to finish the 200-yard freestyle, coming into the wall with a time of 1:44.75. Sophomore Michael Lu was second in 1:45.90 and freshman Jeremy Ellison touched in third in 1:46.02. In the 50-yard backstroke, sophomore Bo Mattix was first with his time of 24.02, while classmate Sean Corcoran followed directly after in second in 24.45. Mattix would later win the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:54.77. Senior Michael Liao won the 50-yard breaststroke in 26.37 and junior Brendon Chiu came in second place with a 26.73.

Tech finished strongly in the 200-yard butterfly, taking first through fourth place, with sophomore Thomas Norris touching in first in 1:55.64. Fellow sophomore Luke Schlueter finished just after him with a 1:55.82, Wall came in third in 1:59.60, and sophomore Evan Olin was fourth with a 2:00.53.

Senior Danil Tyulmankov placed first on both the 1-meter and the 3-meter diving boards; on 1-meter, he had a score of 250.20, finishing just four points ahead of the competition, and, on 3-meter, he finished with a score of 304.58. Freshman Harry Lubowe came in third place on 1-meter with his score of 245.54 and second on 3-meter with 289.80.

Liao's second individual win of the day came in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching in 2:05.94. Junior Ben Bauchwitz came in second place in 2:08.11 and Ellison was third with a 2:14.75. Lu touched first in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:48.65 and was followed by Norris in second with a 4:51.98 and Matthews in third place in 4:54.47. Tech fared very well in the 50-yard butterfly, claiming the top six spots. Junior Austin Fathman was first in 23.18, Corcoran was second in 23.27 and sophomore Daryl Neubieser came in third with a 23.41.

In the final individual event of the day, the 200-yard Individual Medley, freshman Alexander Luh was first with a 1:56.86, sophomore Alex Lednev came in second in 2:00.39 and Ellison was third with a time of 2:00.67. To end the day, the MIT 200-yard freestyle A and B relays tied for first place with their times of 1:27.17. The B relay touched in third place in 1:28.74.

Amherst 127, No. 6 Williams 15

AMHERST, Mass. -- Amherst edged out archrival Williams on Saturday 127-115 in a thrilling dual-meet at Pratt Pool.

The win marked the Jeffs fifth in a row on the season as they improve to 5-0 in dual-meets. The Ephs lost their second in a row and are now 2-2 overall this season.

Williams came out strong to start the meet and claimed the first two events of the day in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:24.6 followed by a first place finish in the 1,000 free by Christian Gronbeck (9:36.40). 

The Jeffs claimed their first win of the day in the third event as Connor Sholtis crossed the 200 free in 1:44.00. Amherst took three of the top-four spots as Parker Moody and Nick Egan claimed third (1:44.58) and fourth (1:45.12), respectively.

Grant Johnson of Williams took home first in the 50 free with a mark of 21.54 but Amherst claimed second through fourth. Alex Dreisbach finished in 21.97 followed by Reed Patterson in 22.09 and Tyler Hampton with a time of 22.12.

Amherst took first place in the next four events beginning with the 200 IM. Greg Han won the event in 1:54.46 followed by Knox Young of Williams in second (1:55.94). Colin White claimed the 1-meter dive with a Pratt Pool record score of 345.90 and Tyler Bulakul won the 200 fly in 1:53.87. Sholtis won his second event of the day in the 100 free with a time of 47.01.

Benjamin Lin  broke up the Jeffs winning streak by claiming first in the 200 back. He narrowly edged out Conor Deveney with a time of 1:52.87. Deveney finished in 1:52.91.

Gronbeck claimed another win for Williams in the 500 free with a mark of 4:39.69. Moody and Egan claimed third and fourth, respectively, for the second time. Moody finished in 4:48.34 and Egan placed in 4:49.40.

White swept the diving events with another first-place finish in the 3 meter. He scored 298.80 points to defeat Rohan Bhatt of Williams who scored 276.45 points to place second.

Amherst finished the meet strong as Han earned his second win of the day in the 200 breast, touching in at 2:05.55. Timothy Latimer , Knox Young and Jon Lin took second (2:08.67), third (2:08.86) and fourth (2:10.14), respectively, but Nick Lafky earned another point for the Jeffs by taking fifth (2:14.72).

In the final event of the day, the Amherst 400 free relay team of Deveney, Hampton, Bulakul and Sholtis beat out Williams 'A' team of Alex McCarter, Alexander Nanda, Thad Ricotta, and Grant Johnson to take home first place with a time of 3:08.66 and claim the meet.