The MIT men’s swimming and diving team, ranked No. 8 in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), finished in front of five teams to win its own Winter Invitational with 1,624.5 points. The Engineers earned 38 NCAA “B” cuts in total at the meet.
In second place was No. 3 NYU with 1,230 points, followed by Tufts University with 833 points, Keene State College with 633.5 points, SUNY New Paltz with 361 points, and Wheaton College with 319 points.
In the 200-yard medley relay, MIT’s A team comprised Alex Lednev ’16, Brandon McKenzie ’19, Sean Corcoran ’16, and Jeremy Bogle ’18, and finished third in 1:30.83.
The B squad made up of Bradley Mattix ’16, Justin Chiu ’18, Douglas Kogut ’16, and Joshua Tomazin ’16 finished just behind them in fourth in 1:31.8. Both relay teams qualified under the “B” cut time of 1:32.29 and will go on to an NCAA appearance.
Josh Graves ’19 placed second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:34.10. In the 200-yard backstroke, Daniel Smith ’19 placed third in 1:50.27, Kogut placed fourth in 1:50.75, and Luke Eure ’19 came in fifth in 1:51.27. All four Engineers earned “B” cuts for their quick swims in the pool.
Corcoran notched a first place finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.84, while Chiu and McKenzie placed second and third, respectively, in the 200-yard breaststroke. Chiu registered a time of 2:05.33 and McKenzie was just 0.22 behind with a time of 2:05.55 — both good enough for NCAA “B” cuts.
Daryl Neubieser ’16 rounded out the individual highlights for MIT, coming in second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.16, which was 0.09 seconds faster than last year’s Winter Invitational standard.
Bogle, Smith, Tomazin, and Neubieser ended the meet on a high note as the quad came in first place in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:00.67, setting a new pool record by 0.10 seconds.