MIT vs. Boston College
- February 26th, 2018
- Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, Cambridge, Mass.
- Short course yards
- MIT men def. Boston College men 214.5-83.5
- Boston College women def. MIT 163-137
Division III power MIT split with Division I Boston College on Friday in a dual meet. MIT’s men’s team is now 4-0 all-time against Boston College.
Brandon McKenzie was a double winner for MT, taking individual wins in both the 100 breaststroke (57.25) and 200 breaststroke (2:04.72). His 200 breaststroke was an NCAA consideration standard and his best swim of the season so far outside of MIT’s mid-season Winter Invite. While his 100 has been strong most of the spring semester, he had struggled in his 200 until this swim – in the team’s last two meets coming out of winter training, he was just a 2:07.0 and 2:05.7 in that event.
Josh Graves also picked up a pair for MIT, running away with dominant wins in both the 1000 free (9:39.93 – 23+ second margin) and the 500 free (4:42.83 – 9 second margin). That time in the 1000 was his season-best by over 2 seconds, while the 500 was his peak outside of the MIT Winter Invite.
In the women’s meet, Boston College was able to overcome 2 late wins by MIT in the last 2 individual events of the meet. By then, however, the Golden Eagles had built an insurmountable lead. That includes wins in both the 100 backstroke (Maura Grimes – 58.95) and 100 fly (Victoria Lin – 56.86).
The depth of the BC women got them the win, but MIT actually took the lions share with 9 wins in 16 events. That includes a breaststroke sweep from Jess Chen, who won the 100 in 1:05.38.
MIT has one remaining meet, against Amherst College on February 3rd, before the NEWMAC Championship from February 22nd-25th. Boston College will face cross-town rivals Boston University on Saturday, and also race at the BU-hosted Terrier Open from February 9th-10th before they roll into the ACC Championships in Greensboro.