WILLIAMTOWN, MA—The Williams College men defeated Connecticut College 175-86 in their first home meet of the New Year. The NESCAC showdown featured fast swimming from top to bottom, with numerous swimmers taking down their season bests and with a few more getting close to, or going, best times.
The Ephs got off to a quick start in the 200 Medley Relay. The quartet of Timothy Kostolansky '18, Jack Melnick '19, David Pearcy '21, and Curtis Maher '19 took first place with a season best time of 1:33.62. John Gaffney '21, Christian Alberga '21, Brennan Lee '21, and Michael Cassidy '18 also combined for a very quick swim that took third place behind Conn College's 'A' Relay.
Immediately after, freshman Jamie Lovette continued to make a statement on the conference level. His winning time of 16:04.58 was not only a personal best time, but was also the second fastest time in the NESCAC this year and an NCAA 'B' Cut. Sophomore William Burford took second place in the race off of a monster final 50 yards, posting a personal in-season best of 16:50.69.
Jackson Karofsky '21 kept the ball rolling with an electric performance in the 200 freestyle. Connecticut's Charlie Adl set a blistering pace through the first half of the race, but Karofsky used his back half speed to run down the Camel and take home a close victory in a time of 1:44.61. David Pearcy '21 returned from his split on the medley relay to take third place in the 200 freestyle and Robby Bradford '19 turned in a season best time of 1:48.55 that was only a second off of his lifetime best.
Karofsky flexed off his middle-distance chops again later in the meet, where he won a second event, the 500 freestyle. His time of 4:44.26 makes him the fourth fastest individual in the NESCAC this year. Sophomore Clayton Morikawa took third in the 500 with a season best 4:54.54. While that third place finish was a great swim, the highlight for Morikawa was ultimately his return to breaststroke competition. His 100 breaststroke time was good for fourth in the event and showed tremendous promise for the coming months.
Tim Kostolansky followed up his field-leading backstroke split on the medley relay by taking first place in the 100 backstroke in 51.27. Following closely behind, freshman Henry Marquardt swam a time of 53.67 that was good for second.
Jack Melnick '19 and Connecticut's Drake Freiberg traded close victories in the breaststroke events. Melnick out-touched Freiberg for victory in the 100 breaststroke, but Freiberg responded by winning the 200 breaststroke over Melnick in a similarly close margin.
Sophomore Lucca Delcompare continued his victory streak in the 200 butterfly. His winning time of 1:52.44 was not only his in-season best, but was also good enough to claim the top time in the conference. John Gaffney '21 also improved on his season-best with a second place time of 1:58.31. Delcompare returned later in the 100 butterfly to take another first place in a season best time of 52.03. David Pearcy, who ended up second, followed him closely.
Connecticut's Kaison Ifill won the 50 freestyle in a blazing 21.11, but was followed closely by Curtis Maher and Christian Alberga. Not to be outdone, Maher returned shortly afterwards to share first place in the 100 freestyle with Jamie Lovette. Their 1-1 finish in a time of 47.73 marked a season best for both of them.
Karofsky returned one more time in the 200 backstroke and demonstrated his stroke versatility by winning the event. The Ephs completed the sweep through Henry Marquardt's second place finish and Robby Bradford's third place finish. Bradford continued his excellent meet; his time of 2:00.80 was a drop of over four seconds from his previous best this season.
In the final individual event of the afternoon John Gaffney won the 400 Individual Medley in 4:15.30. Robby Bradford followed shortly after in a third, and final, season best time of the day. Notably, despite not being in the scoring heat, senior Dan Needham's time of 4:16.98 in the exhibition heat would have been good for second.
The Ephs wrapped up their meet with a final win in the 200 freestyle relay. Tim Kostolansky, Christian Alberga, Jamie Lovette, and Curtis Maher posted a time of 1:25.18, the second fastest time in the NESCAC.
Assistant Coach Dave Dow said of the meet: "We did a nice job following up such a high energy meet last weekend with another solid performances. Given the fact that we're at the halfway point of Winter Study right now we're at a pretty good place from both an enthusiasm and performance standpoint. We are still only halfway done though, so we have a couple of pretty critical weeks in which we need to continue to maintain and improve."
The Ephmen return to competition next Friday at home in a tri-meet against MIT and NYU.