Men’s Swimmers Compete Well
In a weekend highlighted by eight new institute records, four automatic Division III National Championship qualifying times, and nine provisional Division III National Championship qualifying times, the MIT Men’s Swimming and Diving team finished third at the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships Feb. 25-27 at home.
Despite the impressive times put forth in both relay and individual events, the Beavers lacked the depth necessary to pull ahead of Springfield College and the Coast Guard Academy. However, the men will have a chance to avenge the loss, as they will compete against both teams at the Division III National Championships Mar. 17-19 at Hope College in Holland, MI.
One of the more impressive swims of the weekend was the victory garnered by Craig M. Edwards ’07, Joseph P. Carlucci ’05, Jonathan S. Varsanik ’05, and Grady A. Snyder ’06 in the 200-yard Medley Relay. Their time of 1:31.56 not only shattered the old institute record of 1:33.76 set just last year, but also scored them an automatic berth to the Division III National Championships and placed them as the fastest relay team in Division III going into those championships. The same team also scored a victory and an automatic ticket to nationals in the 400 Medley Relay when they topped last year’s institute record of 3:28.51 with their 3:22.85.
In addition to the relay records, Edwards broke his own 50 and 100 back records while leading off those relays, with times of 23.42 and 50.40, respectively. His 100 back time in the relay, as well as in his individual victory in the event, dipped under the automatic qualification standard for nationals, as did the 200 back time that he posted in winning that event.
Finishing runner-up to Edwards in the 100 and 200 back, Mattieu Fuzellier ’05 posted two provisional national qualifying standards and also posted a provisional qualifying time with his victory in the 100 fly. Varsanik’s third-place finish in the 100 fly also bettered the provisional qualifying standard.
Additional individual provisional qualifying times came from Carlucci’s 100 breast victory, a 400 IM runner-up finish by Kalvin D. Kao ’08, and Snyder’s third-place finish in the 100 free.
Carlucci, who was also the conference champion in the 200 breast, set two institute records in his 100 breast victory, as his time of 57.60 broke the 2003 record of 58.03 set by Bruce J. DiBello ’05. The 26.45 that Carlucci posted in the first 50 yards of the race broke his own record of 27.41, set earlier this season.
The final three provisional qualifying times came from the team’s freestyle relays. The first-place 800 free relay of Josiah B. Rosmarin ’06, Kao, Snyder, and Edwards broke and institute record from 1993, while the second-place 200 free relay of Varsanik, Edwards, Carlucci, and Snyder broke the institute record set just last year. Meanwhile, the 400 free relay team of Fuzellier, Snyder, Varsanik, and Edwards that finished second to Springfield’s team also posted a provisional qualifying time, but narrowly missed setting a new institute record.
While the NEWMAC Championships marked the end of the season for the majority of the squad, at least Edwards, Carlucci, Varsanik, and Snyder will travel to Michigan for the national championships later this month. The NCAA invites additional athletes who have met the provisional qualifying times; however, the list of these athletes was not available at press time.