BRUNSWICK, ME—The 2018 NESCAC Swimming and Diving Championships kicked off this evening, at Bowdoin College's Leroy Greason Pool. The Ephmen got off to a solid start, ending the session in second place with 594 points, 28 points behind Tufts for first place.
The session began with the 200-yd freestyle relay, in which the Williams 'A' team of Tim Kostolansky '18, Jamie Lovette '21, Michael Cassidy '18, and Curtis Maher '19 took third with a time of 1:22.28, just out-touched by Connecticut College and Tufts.
The first individual event of the sprint-heavy lineup was the 50-yd breaststroke. The Ephs' sole representative in the championship heat, Jack Melnick '19, who placed second with a time of 25.71. The momentum continued into the 50-yd butterfly, in which Tim Kostolansky '18 earned the Ephs their first win of the evening with a time of 21.70, a new pool, meet, and NESCAC record. David Pearcy '21 also swam in the championship final, placing sixth at 22.59.
The Williams men demonstrated their distance depth in the 500-yd freestyle, going into the evening with the top three morning times. The trio held on to finish 1-2-3, led by Jamie Lovette '21 with a time of 4:29.60 Jackson Karofsky '21 (4:30.35) followed close behind him for second place, and then Andrew Trunsky '20 (4:31.47) for third. Daniel Needham '18 also earned himself a spot on the podium, touching eighth at 4:38. 49.
The sprints continued with the 50-yd backstroke, in which Tim Kostolansky rounded out his individual swims for the evening with a second place finish and a time of 22.50. Henry Marquardt '21 placed seventh in the heat at 23.64.
The next event, the 200-yd individual medley, gave the Ephmen an opportunity to show off their versatility. The Williams men once again had a strong showing in the top heat, with three swimmers placing into the 'A' final from their morning swims. Lucca Delcompare '20 was the top finisher for the Ephs, touching third with a time of 1:52.03. Just following, John Gaffney '21 touched fifth at 1:52.83, and Shahzad Mumtaz eighth at 1:54.16.
In the final individual event of the evening, the 50-yd freestyle, Curtis Maher '19 closed for the Ephs with a seventh place finish and a time of 20.93.
To round out the evening, the Williams 'A' team of Tim Kostolansky '18, Jack Melnick '19, David Pearcy '21, and Curtis Maher '19 took second place in the 400-yd medley relay with a cumulative time of 3:18.56, just behind the first place Tufts team at 3:17.86.
Despite the strong showing, the Ephmen will have to bring the heat these next two days in order to make up ground and earn another championship title. The meet will resume Saturday at 10:00 AM EST for preliminaries of the second session.