NESCAC Rookie of the Year -- Jamie Lovette
Four-Year High Point Swimmer Scorer -- Timothy Kostolansky
BRUNSWICK, ME—Williams men's swimming and diving finished the 2018 NESCAC Swimming and Diving Championships in second place with 1590 points, after a hard fought battle with Tufts for first. The third and final session was full of tight races, giving the Eph men the chance to show off their determination and inner fire. Although the team did not end the season with a victory, they met the pressure with everything they had, and kept the score close throughout the weekend.
The night began with the 1650-yd freestyle, in which the Ephs had three top eight finishes. Jamie Lovette '21 led the charge to a first place finish and a time of 15:37.40, followed by classmate Jackson Karofsky '21 for second at 15:38.37. Andrew Trunsky '19 also had a strong swim, battling it out for fourth place and a time of 15:40.75.
Following the 1650, the Williams men transitioned seamlessly into the stroke events. To start it off, Henry Marqaurdt '21 touched to a time of 1:51.96 to finish seventh in the 200-yd backstroke. In the next event, the 100-yd freestyle, Michael Cassidy '18 continued his impressive meet with a fifth place finish and a time of 46.00. In the 200-yd breaststroke, Jack Melnick '19 finished eighth with a time of 2:09. 50.
The final individual event of the weekend was the 200-yd butterfly, in which the Ephs had three swimmers in the championship final. Lucca Delcompare '20 cleared the field, finishing in first place by over half a second with a time of 1:48. 68. David Pearcy '21 (1:49.68) and Bobby Rowledge '18 (1:51.09) also posted impressive swims, finishing third and fifth respectively.
The evening concluded with the 400-yd freestyle relay, in which the Williams 'A' team of Tim Kostolansky '18, Curtis Maher '19, Mike Cassidy '18, and Jamie Lovette '21 finished in second place with a time of 3:03.19, just behind Tufts for first at 3:00.79. As mentioned, the Eph men put up a formidable show throughout the weekend, but their fire really came through on the last day, as noted by Head Coach Steven Kuster: "The boys stepped up and swam great. With so many closely contested races, it was a great meet, and the last day wasn't any different. With the conclusion of the 2018 NESCAC Championships, several members of the men's team will hope to qualify for the NCAA Championships, hosted at the Indiana University Natatorium next month.