Despite being trounced 222-76 by the MIT Engineers in its first meet of the year two weeks ago, the men's swimming and diving team still managed to walk away with a victory after toppling Babson 197-99 the same day.

MIT is the strongest team in New England and is projected to be among the nation's top three teams this season, so Bowdoin's Head Coach Brad Burnham said he was not fazed by the loss.

"I was impressed with how the team approached the race and the swimmers' stamina," Burnham said. Yet he noted that the first meet highlighted necessary improvements, such as "how to pace the race and use turns to find speed."

Instead of focusing on the lopsided loss against MIT, Burnham applauded the strong individual performances of the meet.

Bowdoin captured a slew of second-place finishes, led by captain Nathan Mecray '12 in both the 100-yard breaststroke (58.49) and freestyle (46.81). Chris Granata '14 placed second in the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.30), with Basyl Stuyvesant '13 taking second place in the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.76).

"We had a lot of good swims," said Mecray, who attributed the performances to higher intensity practices with increased yardage. "MIT is on a whole other level, but we did well by our standards."

At this point in the season, the goal for the next meet—this weekend's MIT Invitational—remains simple, according to Mecray: "We're just looking to beat our times from the previous meet."

-Compiled by Clare McLaughlin.