CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Zachary Wallace set a program record of 3:58.28 during the preliminaries of the 400-yard individual medley and finished third overall in the finals of the 400 IM for the Tufts University men's swimming & diving team on Saturday at the MIT Invitational, as the Jumbos currently sit in third place out of five teams heading into final-day action on Sunday in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
|Kingsley Bowen finished fourth in the finals of the 100 backstroke.|
The Jumbos currently have 613 team points, which clears fourth-place Keene State by 312 and trails second-place New York University by 205. MIT sits atop the standings with 928 points through the first two days of the tournament.
Sophomore Kingsley Bowen posted a tremendous performance in the finals of the 100-yard backstroke, as he finished fourth overall with a time of 50.04. The Pepper Pike, Ohio, native recorded a time of 49.41 during the preliminaries of the 100 backstroke, which was good for third overall.
Seven other Jumbos competed in the finals of the 100 backstroke, as sophomore James Wu finished 12th (54.89, 11 points), sophomore Nick Berger placed 13th (55.19, nine points), sophomore Chris Simotas placed 14th (55.46, seven points), freshman Ryan Luu placed 15th (56.00, six points), junior Jacob Siegelbaum placed 16th (56.09, five points), sophomore Brian Honicky placed 17th (56.46, four points) and senior Tim Savidge placed 20th (57.84, one point).
The Jumbos' "A" group, featuring freshman Roger Gu, freshman Costa Camerano Spelta Rapini, junior James McElduff and Wallace, placed fourth overall in the finals of the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:24.35), as the unit earned 38 points. Luu, junior Lorenzo Lau, sophomore Ross Wood and junior Michael Brienza compiled an eighth-place finish in the finals of the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:27.08, as the four athletes earned 30 points.
In the finals of the 200-yard butterfly, McElduff placed seventh overall (1:54.42, 16 points), sophomore Noah Cagley placed 13th (1:57.13, nine points), junior Neil Spazzarini placed 14th (1:57.86, seven points) and freshman Trevor Serman placed 16th (1:58.90, five points).
Lau led the charge in the finals of the 200-yard freestyle, as he earned 15 points with an eighth-place finish (1:44.63). Three other Jumbos finished in the top-14 during the 200 freestyle, as Wood placed 11th (1:45.87, 12 points), junior Kai McGuire placed 12th (1:46.32, 11 points) and sophomore Brandon Jinn placed 14th (1:46.59, seven points).
In the finals of the 100-yard breaststroke, freshman Eric Shi recorded a time of 59.40 and earned six points, while senior Jasper Du clocked a time of 59.74 and earned five points. The two swimmers finished 15th and 16th overall, respectively.
Bowen, Du, Wallace and Gu worked together to earn a fifth-place finish in the finals of the 400-yard medley relay (3:24.38), as the group earned a crucial 38 points. Brienza, freshman Matthew Manfre, junior Chris Flynn and Lau earned 30 points in the finals of the 400 medley relay, with a 13th-place finish and a time of 3:34.67.
Senior captain Matt Rohrer finished second overall in the finals of the 1-meter diving event, as the standout swimmer posted a mark of 329.65 and collected 21 points. Freshman Eli Rosmarin earned 14 points in the diving event, as he posted a mark of 167.55.
McElduff finished ninth overall in the finals of the 400 IM (4:12.97, 14 points) and senior captain Luca Guadagno finished 10th overall (4:13.03, 13 points). Rapini earned a 14th-place finish in the finals of the 50-yard freestyle (21.85, seven points), while freshman Timothy Gronet earned four points in the event with a 17th-place finish (22.25).
The Jumbos will take part in third-day action at the MIT Invitational on Sunday in Cambridge, Massachusetts.