INDIANAPOLIS – The Williams College men's swimming team is tied for 13th place with the University of Chicago after the first of four days at the 2018 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships being held at the Indiana University Natatorium. Williams and Chicago have 16 points and first place Denison University tops the field with 138.5 points.
The 500 freestyle prelim kicked off the Championships and the Ephs advanced three swimmers to the evening's Consolation Finals. First years Jackson Karofsky and Jamie Lovette and sophomore Andrew Trunsky all qualified for the consolation finals after the morning prelims.
Karofsky finished ninth in the morning in a time of 4:28.77, which was a tad over a second and a half faster than his qualifying time. Lovette was 12th in the morning with a time of 4:29.70. Andrew Trunsky's 16th place finish in the morning in 4:31.37 secured the third Eph spot in the evening race.
In the evening scoring Consolation Finals of the 500 freestyle, Jackson Karofsky finished third and Jamie Lovette came in sixth. Karofsky was timed in 4:27.88, while Lovette finished in fourth with a time of 4:28.23. Trunsky came in eighth in a time of 4:33.15. The trio earned Honorable Mention All-America honors.
There were some good 500s for the guys this morning and Jamie and Jackson did a really nice job of going faster tonight," Eph head coach Steve Kuster stated. "The guys will need to battle for points over the next three days and hopefully they are up to the task.
The Ephs' Lucca Delcompare finished 31st in a field of 48 on the morning 200 Individual Medley in a time of 1:52.90 and did not advance to the evening swim.
In the 50 freestyle prelims senior Timothy Kostolansky entered with the 33rd fastest time out of 53 swimmers with qualifying time of 20.64 and his morning time of 20.68 placed him 38th and he did not advance to the evening competition.
In the morning preliminary of the 200 Medley Relay the Eph quartet of Timothy Kostolansky, junior Jack Melnick, first year David Pearcy, and junior Curtis Maher advanced to the evening's Consolation Final by posting the 10th fastest time in the morning – 1:31.00.
In the evening 200 Medley Relay Consolation Finals the Ephs finished fifth with a time of 1:31.65, earning Kostolansky, Melnick, Pearcy, and Maher Honorable Mention All-America honors.
Day 2 of the NCAA Championships will begin tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM with the preliminary events to see which swimmers advance to the evening swims.