Williams Men defeat WPI and Wesleyan, but Fall to Tufts

Alex Bank '20
Alex Bank '20


MIDDLETOWN, CT—In a nail biter of a quad-meet Williams College defeated Worcester Polytechnic Institute (158.5-156.5) and Wesleyan University (209-96), but fell in the final relay to NESCAC rival Tufts (161-154).

The Ephs got off to a very quick start in the first section of the meet, with junior Jack Melnick claiming victory in the first event, the 50 breaststroke, in a time of 26.67. Melnick also took second place in the 100 breaststroke later with a 59.31. Junior Kenny Liu and sophomore Alex Bank both put up fast times in the 200 breaststroke racing in to the wall in second and third place with respective times of 2:12.02 and 2:13.03.

Immediately after was the 50 fly, where a duo of Williams freshmen, Brennan Lee and David Pearcy, took second and third with times of 23.45 and 23.63 respectively. In the second section of the meet Pearcy also put up another fast butterfly swim, taking the win in the 100 butterfly in a season best 51.17. Sophomore Lucca Delcompare warmed up some speed as well, taking sixth in the 50 fly, before later taking third in the 100 fly and first in the 200 fly with a time of 1:53.43, which is ranked second in the NESCAC.

The Williams distance men continued their domination with a 1-2 sweep in the only distance event of the night, the 500 free. Freshman Jamie Lovette narrowly out touched sophomore Andrew Trunsky in times of 4:41.09 and 4:41.58. These times were the fastest and second fastest 500 freestyles posted in the NESCAC this season. Lovette also later went on to win the 200 freestyle in a late race charge over Tuft's Tyler Tatro.

Freshman Henry Marquardt came up big for the Ephs in the backstroke events, taking third in the 50 in 24.79, fourth in the 100 back in 53.56, and sixth in the 200 backstroke. Marquardt's classmate, Jackson Karofsky, posted some very fast times of his own in the 200 backstroke, where he took third, and the 400 IM, where he won in a second-fastest in the NESCAC time of 4:05.84.

The Ephs fought back throughout the entire meet due to their lack of divers and entered the last relay slightly behind WPI and with a two-point lead over Tufts. In the end it all came down to a winner-take-all 400 freestyle relay. Despite fast swims for all the teams involved, and a valiant anchor leg by senior captain Michael Cassidy, the Ephs took second in the relay, beating WPI and Wesleyan, but falling to Tufts. 

After the meet Coach Kuster said: "It was a pretty good day of racing and certainly an exciting meet.  It's never fun losing to a team for the first time (maybe ever).  There were a bunch of things that I was pleased with including some injured guys racing for the first time, but there are also a bunch of things we need to continue to improve on."

The Williams men will return to competition in January against Amherst.