MIDDLEBURY, VT -- After a loss to MIT the night before, Williams recovered today with a win against the Middlebury Panthers, 213-80. The meet is the last of the regular season for both teams, and was senior night for the Panthers at their home Middlebury Natatorium.
Ben Lin led the way for the Ephs, breaking two pool records: the 50 butterfly in 22.13 and the 100 IM in 51.25. The 100 IM performance from Lin today is also a NESCAC record, breaking Wright Frank's previous mark of 52.13, which was set in 1995 (coincidentally the year of Lin's birth).
This is Lin's fourth individual NESCAC record. He is also part of both NESCAC-record medley relays.
Not to be overshadowed, Matt Zappe won the 200 breaststroke today in a time of 2:13.53. His last 50 was 34.12 seconds, which was the fastest in the field and secured him the victory.
With the win today, the Ephs' regular season record will stand at 8-2. They were unbeaten in NESCAC competition, yet suffered losses to Boston College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
With the close of the regular season, the Ephs will embark upon their championship season. The first chapter of which begins next weekend back at the Middlebury Natatorium, where six Ephs will conclude their season at the Middlebury Invitational. The remaining men will make up the 24-person roster that competes at the NESCAC Championships, to be held at Wesleyan University from Friday February 17th through Sunday February 19.
The Ephs will look for their 15th straight NESCAC title, but anticipate strong competition from Tufts University, Connecticut College and Amherst College. Anything could happen at the NESCACS, but the best indicator of the team's readiness will be the team's performance at the Middlebury Invitational, so be sure to tune in next weekend.