M. Swimming and Diving Wins 2009 MIT Invitational Handily

MIT’s powerhouse men’s swimming and diving team dominated the 2009 MIT Invitational held Friday and Saturday in the Zesiger Pool. The Engineers won 17 out of 20 events, recording a score of 1197.5 and 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.

Brendan T. Deveney ’13 was a clear standout 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 ’10, Brett L. Boval ’12 and Luke R. Cummings ’10 took first place with a time of 3:24.12, the only NCAA “A” cut of the meet.

On the women’s side, MIT won 10 out of their 20 events, finishing second. They recorded a score of 863.5, but fell well short of the winning squad from New York University (1045).

MIT dominated the relays, winning all five relays and recording NCAA “B” cut times in the 200 Free Relay (1:36.71), 400 Medley Relay (3:58.78) and 800 Free Relay (7:50.19). Anna S. Kokensparger ’13 broke school records — some her own-en route to four individual wins, four individual “B” cut times, and seven wins in each of her seven races.

This weekend’s meet marked the final competition of the calendar year. MIT hits the water again on January 8, when it hosts Wheaton College for a dual meet.