Williams Downs Springfield College in Season Opener

Williams Downs Springfield College in Season Opener


WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Williams Swim & Dive kicked their meet season off with a home dual, defeating the Springfield College Pride 180-101. The theme of the night was good early-season swims, trying to hit the ground running and get back into racing form.

The meet kicked off with 1-2-3 finish in the 200-yard medley relay, which was highlighted by first year Sam Gollob's 26.88 breastroke split, along with two exceptional butterfly splits from Brennan Lee '21 (22.50) and Zeb Hart '22 (22.90). Lee had an all-around great meet, taking second place finishes in the 50 free and 100 fly (52.80), and Zeb Hart won the 100 backstroke in a time of 54.31. David Pearcy claimed first in that 100 fly at 52.58.

Immediately after, the men returned to the pool for a longer swim, the 1000 yard freestyle, where sophomore distance ace Jackson Karofsky got his hand on the wall first in a time of 9:50.47. Karofsky returned later in the meet in the 200 backstroke, where he took home another victory in a time of 1:59.25.

Another distance swimmer, William Burford '20, claimed the 200 freestyle in an in-season best time of 1:47.16, followed closely behind by senior Curtis Maher. While he didn't quite get there in the 200, Maher managed to close out the 100 freestyle for a victory later in the meet.

In his return to breaststroke, Clayton Morikawa '20 took a victory in the 100 breast, and was followed closely by first-year Aaron Stanton, who was also runner up in the 100 free. Sean Tan '22 also impressed, taking the 200 fly in a very quick 1:54.72, and the 200 IM.

In the 500, the distance duo of Jamie Lovette '21 and Andrew Trunsky '20 had a quick 1-2 finish in times of 4:45 and 4:46 respectively. Lovette also had a nice victory in the 50 freestyle earlier in the meet.

Head Coach Steven Kuster said about the meet: "Performances were appropriate for this early on. It was good to see that we can get up and race when tired. Today was a good first step."

Springfield finished 1-2-3 on both the 1 and 3 meter boards. 

The Ephs return to competition tomorrow against Union College at 1 PM EST.