Men's Swimming Team Crushes Salem StateBy Ognen J. Nastov
former team member
The men's swimming team opened its dual meet season with a strong 131-52 point victory over Salem State this Tuesday.
The Engineers overwhelmed the meet, winning all of the individual events as well as both the 400 medley and 400 freestyle relays. Moreover, the MIT squad fielded the top finishers in all of the races but the 50 and 100 freestyle heats, where MIT went 1-3-4 and 1-2-4 respectively.
Three MIT freshman swimmers experienced not only their first college swimming meet, but also the thrill of their first NCAA victories. Todd Boutin `96 won the 50 freestyle in 23.70, and Josef Kurtz `96 was victorious in the 100 freestyle (52.80). In addition to his win in the 200 breaststroke, Brian Dye `96 also swam an uncontested 200 butterfly, an event considered to be the hardest next to the 400 individual medley.
Two other MIT swimmers also captured double wins at the meet. Ted Achtem `95 won the 200 individual medley (2:07.7) and the 200 backstroke (2:09.0). Team co-captain Brian Meade `93 triumphed in the 200 freestyle (1:50.76), and in the 500 freestyle (5:02.1), defeating runner-up and co-captain Bob Rockwell `93, the MIT record holder in this event, by a margin of 7.7 seconds.
"It was a good first swim meet of the season," said both head coach John Benedick and team co-captain Brian Meade `93. "And I hope it is a good precursor to [the upcoming meet against] Coast Guard," added Meade. Although Coast Guard is traditionally a very tough opponent, the Engineers are looking forward to repeating last season's win, which broke Coast Guard's four-year winning streak against MIT.
Coach John Benedick predicts a successful season, but acknowledges that the team faces a lot of hard training. "We have high expectations for this season, but we have to earn those expectations," he said.