CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, December 6. WINNING 17 of 20 events, MIT's powerhouse men's swimming and diving team dominated the 2009 MIT Invite, held Friday and Saturday in the Zesiger Pool. The Engineers recorded a score of 1197.5, easily beating out second-place Tufts University (750.5).
New York University (696), Brandeis University (397), Bowdoin College (304), Colby College (206) and Wheaton College (187) rounded out the participating schools.
Freshman Brendan Deveney was a clear stand-out for MIT, recording four NCAA "B" cut times with wins in three individual events [200 IM (1:53.03), 400 IM (4:06.15) and 200 Back (1:51.33)] and a second-place finish in the 100 Back (52.11). Deveney was also a part of four winning relay teams.
The Engineers displayed their most impressive performance early Saturday morning during the 200 Medley Relay. Deveney, Rastislav Racz, Brett Boval and Luke Cummings took first place with a time of 3:24.12, the only NCAA "A" cut of the meet.
NYU freshman James Bedell was the only swimmer to beat MIT in the pool. Bedell placed third in the 100 Fly with a "B" cut time of 51.11 before going on to win the 100 Free in a time of 47.03.
In the diving well, the meet was a chance for Tufts senior Robert Matera to showcase his talent. Matera handily won both the one-meter (293.15) and three-meter (319.70) events, recording national-qualifying times in both.
Bowdoin sophomore Nathan Mecray's runner-up performance in the 100 Breast (58.00) was the Polar Bears' only national-qualifying time. Mecray had four top-ten performaces, including his contributions to Bowdoin's relays.
For Brandeis, sophomore Marc Eder and senior James Liu each posted five individual top-ten performances, including Liu's third-place finish in the 200 Breast.
Colby's top performer was senior Kevin Smith. The senior was the only Mule to place in the top-five in an individual event. Smith finished fourth in the 500 Free (4:59.44) and fifth in the 1650 Free (17:23.39).
Junior Jonathan Gold had the best finishes for Wheaton, placing fifth and sixth in one- and three-meter diving respectively. Samuel Dean-Lee had the best individual Lyon finish in the pool, as the junior took 11th in the 200 Free.
This weekend's meet marked the final competition of the calendar year for most of the teams competing. MIT hits the water again on January 8, 2010, when it hosts Wheaton College for dual meet action.
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