The MIT Swimming and Diving teams took to the pool against Amherst College on Saturday. Despite strong efforts, neither the men’s nor women’s team were able to come away with a victory. The losses were the first of the season for both teams.
Despite setting four pool records, the men’s team fell 167-131. Ryan N. Terbush ’12, Michael J. Liao ’14, William C. “Colby” Dunn ’14 and Wyatt L. Ubellacker ’13 started off the meet by winning the 200 yard medley relay and setting a pool record with a time of 1:33.75. Liao set the pool mark in the 100 yard breaststroke in event No. 10, winning in 58.34 and would later win the 200 yard breaststroke in 2:08.73.
The other two pool records came in the 100 yard butterfly, which Ubellacker took in a time of 49.72, also good for an NCAA B cut. Dunn, Ubellacker, Anthony Chen ’13 and Brendan T. Deveney ’13 set a new pool record in the final event, the 400 yard freestyle relay (3:07.15).
Dunn won the 100 yard free in 46.24 and Brendan F. Liu ’13 took the 200 yard backstroke in a time of 1:54.66. Toomas R. Sepp ’11 won the 200 yard fly in 1:53.97 and Ubellacker won the 50 yard freestyle sprint in a tidy 21.31.
MIT was hurt by having only one diver in competition. Chao He ’12 took fourth in both the 1 meter and 3 meter board, allowing the Amherst Lord Jeffs to pick up important points.
For the second year in a row, the Amherst handed the women’s team their first loss, by a score of 194-104.
Amherst took the first three women’s events before Christine K. Rogers ’14 was able to win the 100 yard backstroke in 59.16. Rogers was part of the “A” squad in the opening 200 yard medley relay. She, along with Calley L. Murphy ’14, Elina L. Hu ’13 and Kaitlyn M. Creasey ’11 finished in a time of 1:51.13, but were bested by the “A” group from Amherst.
Amherst took control of the meet with four straight event victories, though MIT took second place points in three of them. Murphy narrowly lost the 100 yard breaststroke (1:08.89 to 1:08.06), Joanna R. Yeh ’14 was edged in the 200 yard fly (2:11.93) and Hu took second in the 50 yard free (25.45).
It looked as though the Engineers could make a run back into the competition, as Yeh won the 100 yard free in 5.24 and Rogers followed her with an NCAA B Cut in 200 yard backstroke victory (2:07.36), but Amherst won three more consecutive events.
Elizabeth L. Stavely ’11‘s performance on the diving board was good enough for third place in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events.
Katelyn M. Rossick ’14 took the last event victory for MIT, winning the 200 yard IM in 2:13.28 before Amherst ran away with the 400 yard freestyle relay.
The Engineers will travel to Wheaton College on Saturday afternoon, for the Wheaton Invitational.