Edskes Powers No. 6 MIT Past No. 9 NYU and No. 19 Williams

Edskes Powers No. 6 MIT Past No. 9 NYU and No. 19 Williams



No. 6 MIT 207, No. 9 NYU 93
No. 6 MIT 207, No. 19 Williams 87 

Records: No. 6 MIT (6-1); No. 9 NYU (4-2); No. 19 Williams (5-6)

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

The Lead: Powered by four event wins by junior Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.), the No. 6 MIT men's swimming and diving team eased past No. 9 NYU and No. 19 Williams College on Friday afternoon in Cambridge. 


- Edskes began his day with the 400-medley relay team comprised of junior Tim Kralj (Woodinville, Wash.), senior Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) and junior Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) as the quartet touched the wall first in 3:24.46. The Engineers swept the top-two places in the event as first-year Kyri Chen (Naperville, Ill.), classmate Jordan Ren (Chapel Hill, N.C.), sophomore Henry Hu (Southbury, Conn.) and junior Emilio Sison (Annandale, Va.) finished second in 3:26.17. 

- Individually, Edskes won the 200-fly in 1:50.97, which was just 0.12-seconds from an NCAA "B" cut time, the 100-fly in 49.72 and the 400-IM in 4:03.76.

- The Engineers swept the top-three positions of three different swimming events this afternoon beginning with the 100-back. Chen won the event in 51.36 and was followed by classmate Jaya Kambhampaty (Arlington, Va.) in 51.48 and Hu in 52.12. Then in the 50-free, Ubellacker won in 21.07 and was followed by Sison in 21.13 and sophomore Justin Liu (Linwood, N.J.) in 21.31. Finally, in the 100-free first-year Alex Ellison (Tomball, Texas) touched the wall first in 46.67 and was followed by Sison in 46.88 and Chen in 46.91.

- Four other Engineers won individual events this afternoon including Hu, McKenzie, junior Samuel Solomon (Rockville, Md.) and first-year Jay Lang (South Lyon, Mich.). Hu won the 200-back in 1:52.47, McKenzie won the 100-breast in 58.67, Solomon won the 1-meter board with a score of 305.35 and Lang won the 3-meter board with 337.50 points. 

- Lang and Solomon flipped positions on opposite boards as Lang was second on the 1-meter board (293.80) and Solomon was second on the 3-meter board (320.25). All four scores for the two student-athletes were well above the NCAA Division III Diving Regional marks.

- On top of his swim in the opening relay, Ren posted two other second place finishes today for MIT as he was the runner-up in the 200-free in 1:42.50 and the 400-IM in 4:05.80. The first-year also placed fifth in the 500-free in a time of 4:48.23. There were two other student-athletes who posted runner-up finishes as first-year Brandon Yue (Sammamish, Wash.) was second in the 200-breast in 2:08.64 and sophomore Kevin Fang (Austin, Texas) took second in the 100-fly in 50.76.

- Just as they did in the opening event, the Engineers swept the top-two places in the final event of the day which was the 200-free relay. Chen, Sison, Liu and Ubellacker teamed up for the victory in a time of 1:23.32, while Fang, Ellison, Kambhampaty and first-year Nicholas Baginski (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) posted a second-place finish in 1:26.08. 


- MIT continues its dual meet schedule next Friday, January 25 at home against No. 22 Tufts University at 6:00 pm.


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