WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Ephs faced off against the MIT Engineers and the NYU Bobcats today. According to the most recent CCSA polls MIT is ranked 4th and NYU is ranked 6th nationally. The meet gave the Williams men a chance to race against some of the top talent in Division Three. Despite losses against both teams (174-119 Williams vs. NYU, 204-88 Williams vs. MIT), the Ephs had a number of fast swims and well-executed races that will help prepare them for championship season.
The opening race, the 400 Medley Relay, set the tone for the rest of the meet as all three relays finished within a half second of one another. The Williams squad of Tim Kostolansky '18, Jack Melnick '19, David Pearcy '21, and Curtis Maher '19 took second, finishing only .3 seconds behind the MIT 'A' Relay. Notably, all three of the Eph's anchor legs (Maher, Alberga '21, and Cassidy '18) split under the 47 second mark.
Sophomore Andrew Trunsky then made a statement in the 1650 freestyle, where he won the event, earned an NCAA B Cut, and took over the second fastest time in the NESCAC in a blazing time of 15:59. His teammate, Jackson Karofsky '21 also posted a fast result of 16:11, good for the fourth fastest time in the conference. Karofsky made the most of a tough triple event lineup, swimming to a third place finish in the 200 backstroke and a fourth place finish in the 400 IM. Junior Shahzad Mumtaz also cleared his person best in-season time in the 400 IM with a quick 4:13.
The Ephs kept the momentum going in the next event, where freshman Jamie Lovette continued his unbeaten streak in the 200 freestyle. His winning time of 1:41.78 dropped his best in-season time, which was also already the fastest time in the NESCAC this year.
Tim Kostolansky made it three straight wins for the Ephs in the 100 backstroke. The men's team captain flew by the rest of the field, outsplitting them on both front and back half of the race. He dropped his previous in-season best by nearly a second in a time of 50.47. Tim also had a strong showing in the 100 butterfly, where he took second place behind MIT's David Morejon. Sophomore Lucca Delcompare took fifth in the event. His time of 51.60 not only marked a personal in-season best time, but also moved him into the top 8 in the conference for the event this season. Delcompare also had a great showing earlier in the meet where he had a strong second place finish in the 200 butterfly.
Another noteworthy swim for the Ephs included a fourth place finish and season best time in the 200 breaststroke for Alex Bank '20.
After the meet Eph head coach Steven Kuster said: "One of the things I've been most pleased about with the men's team is that we are continuing to make progress both in practice and at our meets. We have done some good work at getting the ball rolling, but we need to make sure we keep it going and get it moving faster. People worked through soreness, tiredness, and didn't back down today."
The Ephs will try to keep their momentum accelerating next weekend, where they will face off against Hamilton and Middlebury at home in their final dual meet before the beginning of championship season.