BRUNSWICK, ME-- Williams men's swimming and diving continued the momentum that they created on the first evening of the NESCAC Championships, rolling into tonight with a large sum of their swimmers in top final heats. The men had some ground to make up, having ended Friday's session 28 points behind Tufts University for first place. They caught up throughout the second session, ending the evening with 1161 points, just a twelve point deficit to the Jumbo's 1173.
The evening began and ended with solid relay swims from Williams. In the first event of the night, the 200-yd individual medley, the Ephs' 'A' squad of Tim Kostolansky '18, Jack Melnick '19, David Pearcy '21, and Curtis Maher '29 touched third with a time of 1:30.35. Later, in the 800-yd freestyle relay, the team of Lucca Delcompare '20, Andrew Trunsky '20, Henry Marquardt '21, and Jamie Lovette '21 took first with a time of 6:40.85.
Williams continued to demonstrate their versatility in the individual events, transferring seamlessly from Friday evening's "sprint-focused" session into events of longer distances. In the first and longest individual event of the evening, the 1000-yd freestyle, Andrew Trunsky '20 finished first, ahead of the field by three seconds with a time of 9:24.68. The freestyle success continued into the 200-yd freestyle, in which Jamie Lovette '21 touched second with a time of 1:38.39, and Henry Marquardt '21 fifth at 1:40.69.
Moving into the stroke events, the men had several notable performances. In the 400-yd individual medley, several Ephmen competed for a spot on the podium. Jackson Karofsky '21 led the charge for Williams, earning second place with a time of 3:58.66. John Gaffney '21 finished close behind for third at 3:59.52, followed by Bobby Rowledge '18 in sixth at 4:02.51, and Shahzad Mumtaz '19 in eighth at 4:03.98. Next, in the 100-yd butterfly, the Eph men had two top eight finishes; David Pearcy '21 touched third with a 49.15, and Lucca Decompare sixth at 49.92. Other notable stroke performances include a fifth place finish in the 100-yd breaststroke by Jack Melnick '19 (56.61), and a second place finish for Tim Kostolansky '18 in the 100-yd backstroke at 48.71.
The performance tonight puts the Ephmen in a better position going into tomorrow, but the competition is not over. The men will have to bring everything they have left if they want to defend their NESCAC title. The competition resumes Sunday at Bowdoin's Leroy Greason Pool, with preliminaries beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST and finals at 5:30 p.m.