Jeffs Fall to MIT, 178-116
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - Jeff Anderson ’16 and Tyler Bulakul ’14 both met the NCAA ‘B’ cut standard in the 200 fly and Amherst’s divers enjoyed a big day on the boards, but it was not enough as MIT broke seven pool records en route to a 178-116 victory over the Jeffs’ swimming and diving team.
With times of 1:53.31 and 1:53.49, respectively, Anderson and Bulakul finished one-two in the 200 fly, earning 13 points for the Purple & White. Asher Lichtig ’16 and Colin White ’14 each surpassed the old pool record in the 3-meter dive with scores of 341.62 and 339.82, while Mark Idleman ’15 met the ‘B’ cut with a 287.77.
Carrying their momentum into the 1-meter event, Amherst's divers once again shined, with White taking top honors with a ‘B’ cut score of 314.92. Idleman and Lichtig also blew by the NCAA benchmark with scores of 295.65 and 280.35, respectively.
Opening the day in record-breaking fashion, MIT’s Bo Mattix ’16, Michael Liao ’14, Wyatt Ubellacker ’13 and Craig Cheney ’15 broke the pool record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:33.42. Ben Grimes ’15 and Conor McAuliffe ’14 helped the Jeffs rebound by taking the first two spots in the 1,000-yard freestyle, but MIT answered with Thomas Norris ’16 and Langston Fitts ’16 finishing ahead of all swimmers in the 200 free.
Mattix captured the Engineers’ second record of the afternoon with a time of 51.22 in the 100 back, before Liao broke another pool benchmark with a 58.33 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Anderson and Bulakul tried to keep pace with a pair of strong showings in the 200 fly, but the records continued to fall with Ubellacker setting a new mark in the 50 free with a time of 20.48.
Continuing to excel, Ubellacker later broke another pool record with a 45.44 in the 100 free, before Mattix touched in four tenths of a second (1:53.56) ahead of Amherst’s Michael Rochford ’15 in the 200 back. With MIT swimmers taking the top prizes in the 200 breast and 500 free, Ubellacker turned in yet another record-breaking performance with an NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 49.06 in the 100 fly. Alexander Lednev ’16 broke the Engineers’ seventh and final pool mark, clocking in at 1:51.98 in the 200 IM.
The Lord Jeffs return to action on Feb. 1-2 at Middlebury.