WILLIAMSTOWN, MA— After falling to Tufts last February for the first time in NESCAC history, the Williams College Men's Swimming & Diving team return to the Samuelson-Muir pool for another competitive season. The Ephmen's path to victory will by no means by easy. As always, they will be be challenged by perennial rival Amherst, in addition to the Tufts, who have staked their claim as a force to be reckoned with.
The Ephs losses from last season include NCAA qualifier and All-American Tim Kostolansky, NCAA qualifier Mike Cassidy, and team members Spencer Alpaugh, Bobby Rowledge, and Dan Needham.
Returning for the Ephs are NCAA Individual All-Americans Andrew Trunsky (1650 Freestyle), Jackson Karofsky (1650 Freestyle), Lucca Delcompare (200 Butterfly), and Jamie Lovette (200, 1650 Freestyle). Henry Marquardt (200 Backstroke, 800 Freestyle Relay) and David Pearcy (100, 200 Butterfly, 200, 400 Medley Relay) come back as individual qualifiers as well. In addition to the individual NCAA contributors, relay members Curtis Maher and Jack Melnick will appear for their senior years.
Building on this core is a strong first year class, and a fired-up group of upperclassmen, plus a coaching staff that includes long-time stalwarts Steve Kuster (Head Coach) and Kit Koch (Diving Coach), as well as new assistant coaches Dan MacQuarrie and Allie Clark. As many know, winning a NESCAC title is a full-team effort, and one that begins in November. Head Coach Steve Kuster echoed as much, saying:
"I believe this group can do some very good things this year. I know most of them want to focus on the end of the year and trying to win back the NESCAC title, but in order to be in a position do that this team needs to focus on the here and now, and work to be better everyday.
With a relatively young team and the loss of some very steady leadership to graduation the upperclassmen have plenty of opportunity to step up and fill important roles on the team."
The first meets of the year are this weekend in a double header. First, the team will face off at home against Springfield College on Friday at 6 PM EST, before heading to Schenectady, NY to battle against Union College in their home opener Saturday at 1 PM.