Springfield, MA— The Williams College Men's team opened their season with a victory at Springfield College, defeating the hosts 185 to 99. This was the first meet in a double-header weekend, with the follow up meet against Union College scheduled for tomorrow at the Samuelson-Muir Pool.
The class of first-years had fast performances across the board after their first two weeks of college training, including a number of event victories. John Gaffney took victories in his first two individual collegiate events. He won the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:01.23 and touched the wall first in the 200 fly with a final split of 1:59.49. In addition to the two individual victories he also rocketed to a 51.95 100 fly split on the medley relay.
Gaffney's classmates, Jamie Lovette and Jackson Karofsky also captured event wins in their inaugural dual meet. Lovette took the 200 freestyle with a blazing fast 1:44.81, and Karofsky won the 200 IM with a 1:59.06 and the 1000 freestyle in a time of 9:45.86. The final freshman to take home an individual event was Christian Alberga, who took the top time in the 50 freestyle with a 22.30. Even more notable was Alberga's split on the 200 freestyle relay, where he posted a lightning fast split of 21.10. Slightly behind Alberga in the 50 freestyle was Brennan Lee, who went a 23.02 to take third.
Another young gun, Henry Marquardt, posted the second fastest time of 48.84 in the 100 freestyle, just edging out his classmate David Pearcy. Pearcy also notably was the runner up, and highest Williams finisher in the 100 breaststroke, getting edged out by Springfield's Kent Parsons.
Not to be outdone by their younger teammates, the veteran members of the Eph squad also turned in a number of fast performances across the board. Leading the way were the senior captains, Michael Cassidy and Timothy Kostolansky. Tim set the Ephs out to a very fast pace, leading off the first event, the 400 Medley Relay, with a very quick 51.30 100 backstroke split. He then went on to capture individual wins in the 100 backstroke and the 100 freestyle. Cassidy, in addition to contributing fast freestyle splits on the relays, also took second place in the 50 freestyle behind Alberga in a time of 22.60.
Other notable races today included Andrew Trunsky, who captured a 500 freestyle victory in a time of 4:44.10, Kenny Liu, who took home the 200 breaststroke in a field-leading 2:14.26, and Lucca Delcompare, who both contributed a very fast 100 butterfly on the Medley Relay and won the individual 100 butterfly in a time of 53.26.
The Springfield divers captured 1-2-3 finishes on both the 1 and 3 meter boards to post strong results in the diving well.
Eph head coach Steve Kuster offered his thoughts after the meet saying, "The on deck dynamic tonight was exciting and it was great to have the team racing again. I liked some of what I saw in the water and am looking forward to seeing more racing tomorrow."
Those were the highlights from the first dual meet of the season, and if you then you watch the Ephs at home against Union College on Saturday, November 17 check for the full schedule and click here.