Men's 200 Medley Relay Smashes Pool Record to Close Winter Invite

Men's 200 Medley Relay Smashes Pool Record to Close Winter Invite

THE BASICS:

- Event: 2018 MIT Winter Invitational

- Results: 1st of 6 (2012 points) - Final

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool)

- The Lead: On the final night of the 2018 MIT Winter Invitational, the No. 6 ranked men's swimming and diving team broke the pool record in the 200-medley relay and registered seven NCAA 'B' cut times to win the meet with 2012 points.

Behind the Engineers was Tufts (1886 points), RPI (1021), Wheaton (335), Keene State (258) and Bowdoin (42). 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The 200-medley relay team comprised of Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Wash.), Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.), Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) and Justin Liu (Linwood, N.J.) broke the pool record this morning as they clocked a time of 1:29.39 and then bettered it by 0.12-seconds with Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) in the mix to win the event with a time of 1:29.27. The old pool record was set a year ago (1:29.46) at the Winter Invite by Edskes, McKenzie, Ubellacker and Joshua Tomazin '18.

- Edskes paced MIT in the 100-fly as he won the event in an NCAA 'B' cut time of 48.82. He was one of seven Engineers to compete in the 'A' final of the 100-fly as he was followed by Ubellacker in second (49.52), Kevin Fang (Austin, Texas) in third (50.08), Nicholas Baginski (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) in fifth (50.64), Connor Sweeney (Wilmington, Del.) in sixth (50.82), David He (South Setauket, N.Y.) in ninth (51.21) and Kralj in tenth (51.71).

- Jordan Ren (Chapel Hill, N.C.) won the 200-IM with a time of 1:52.24. He clocked an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:49.54 in prelims this morning. Ren was also one of six Engineers in the 'A' final as he was joined by Edskes in second (1:52.92), McKenzie in third (1:53.69), He in sixth (1:54.93), Gavin Brown (Richmond, Va.) in eighth (1:55.78) and Henry Hu (Southbury, Conn.) in ninth (1:56.94).

- Jaya Kambhampaty (Arlington, Va.) registered an NCAA 'B' cut with his second-place swim in the 200-back as he touched the wall in 1:49.92. Five Engineers followed Jaya in the 'A' final as Luke Eure (Davenport, Iowa) was third (1:50.90), Hu was fourth (1:52.28), Brian Glat (Armonk, N.Y.) was sixth (1:52.65), Brown was seventh (1:52.72) and Matt Woicik (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) was eighth (1:53.75).

- There were two other individual winners for MIT tonight as Ren won the 200-breast with a time of 2:02.58, while Josh Graves (Tustin, Calif.) won the 500-free in 4:39.70.

- Emilio Sison (Annandale, Va.), Liu, Baginski and Ubellacker closed the meet on a high note as the quartet won the 400-free relay with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 3:00.95.

UP NEXT: 

- MIT's next meet will come on January 12 when the Engineers travel to Coast Guard for a dual with the Bears at 12:00 pm.

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