Men’s swimming and diving bests Coast Guard, 211-89

The MIT men’s swimming and diving team, ranked No. 6 in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division III poll, returned to competition for the first time since early December with a 211-89 victory over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool.

MIT recorded victories in 12 of the meet’s 16 events. Alex Lednev ’16 led the way with a pair of individual wins in the 100-back in 51.35 and the 200-IM in 1:57.50. Lednev teamed up with Daryl Neubieser ’16, Douglas Kogut ’18, and Justin Chiu ’18 and clinched a first place finish in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:34.13.

The ten individual event wins for the Cardinal and Gray saw nine different Engineers win, showing the balance that the sixth-ranked Engineers possess across their lineup.

Four freshmen stepped up for MIT with wins this afternoon. Daniel Smith ’19 touched the wall first in the 200-free in 1:44.35, while Gavin Brown ’19 took first in the 200-fly in 1:54.20.

Jeremy Sands ’19 and Elliot Forde ’19 contributed to MIT’s overall points tally as the duo each claimed wins on the diving boards. Sands took first on the one-meter board with 273.98 points, while Forde was victorious with 287.33 points in the three-meter dive.

Jeremy Bogle ’18 and Kogut added first place finishes for the Engineers in the 50-free (21.68) and the 200-back (1:56.04), while Neubieser and Sean Corcoran ’16 also touched the wall first in the 100-free (46.79) and the 100-fly (51.19), respectively.

The Engineers ended the meet as they opened it, with a first place finish as Neubieser, Smith, Bogle and Dane Erickson ’18 touched the wall with a time of 3:09.61 in the 400-free relay.