No. 4 MIT Edges No. 17 Amherst Men's Swim & Dive

No. 4 MIT Edges No. 17 Amherst Men's Swim & Dive

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 17 Amherst men's swimming and diving suffered their second setback on the season as No. 4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) edged the Mammoths', 156.5-139.5, on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Pool.

Finishing first in six of the events on the day, Amherst drops to 5-2 on the season while the Engineers increase their unbeaten streak to nine, improving to 9-1 overall.

Amherst returns to Pratt Pool for their final dual meet of the season when they take on Springfield College in the Mammoths' senior day at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 2nd. The Engineers concluded their dual meet action and will compete in the Boston Winter Open next weekend.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After only reaching second place in the opening events on the day (200 medley relay, 1000 freestyle), Amherst saw their first top-finish come from Kou Li '21 in the 200 freestyle with a 1:42.00 mark.
  • Taking a commanding lead in the opening split of the 100 breaststroke, Sean Mebust '20 cruised past the competition to clinch first place with a time of 56.90 seconds.
  • Craig Smith '20 swam for a first place time of 1:50.02 in the 200 backstroke.
  • Bringing home his second win on the day, Mebust bested second place finisher Samuel Song for first in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:04.62.
  • Amherst looked strong in both diving events, winning with ease on both boards. Bennett Fagan '20 tallied a score of 490.27 while Tom Amsbry '22 sat close behind with a score of 462.60 on the 1-meter board.
  • The roles were flipped in the 3-meter competition as Amsbry grabbed first with a score of 564.22 while Fagan (514.64) and Kalama Flagg '23 (386.48) sat in second and third, respectively.