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Men's Swimming Easily Beats Salem

By Ognen J. Nastov
staff reporter

In its first dual meet of the season, the men's swimming and diving team earned a routine victory over Salem State at the Alumni Pool Tuesday. "It was a solid starting meet," said team tri-captain Ted Achtem '95, "but we are looking forward to the upcoming more competitive meets."

The meet opened with a victorious performance from the Engineers' A-squad in the 200-yard medley relay. The MIT swimmers continued to dominate most of the events at the meet. The 200-yard individual medley was a sweep for Peter Berger '97, 2 minutes, 12.57 seconds, and runner-up Randy Yang '97. The Engineers also finished 1-2-3 in the 100-yard butterfly, led by a win by Josef Kurtz '96 in 59.34 seconds.

Three swimming veterans enjoyed double victories at the meet. Christian Hamer '94 captured easy, wide-margined wins in both distance events, the 1000-yard and 500-yard freestyles, finishing in 10:53.42 and 5:13.06 respectively.

The meet was also a double triumph for Achtem, who won both the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke. Finally, sprinter Jonathan Pfautz '95 crushed his competitors by winning both the 50-yard freestyle (in 22.99 seconds), and the 100-yard freestyle (in 52.11 seconds ).

Despite the fact that MIT did not enter any divers in the meet, which gave Brogan of Salem State an uncontested win in both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard diving events, the Engineers continued to enjoy a commanding point lead. Halfway through the meet, when the score margin reached a whopping 56 points for MIT, Engineer head coach John Benedick decided to mark the rest of his swimmer's entries as ``unofficial,'' giving Salem State a chance to catch up.

In the final two events of the meet, Brian Dye '96 finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke, and MIT's A-squad triumphed in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Although the Engineers took no points for these victories, they remained ahead and finished at 106-98.

"That was a good first meet," said head coach John Benedick. "The team showed a solid core of swimmers, and many strong early swims."