Storrs, CT—In their second meet weekend of the season, the Williams College men's wimming team went head-to-head with two Division I teams, Boston University and the University of Connecticut. Despite losing both meets, the Ephs gained some valuable race experience, and were able to post some fast swims and season best times. UConn 174, Williams 60. BU 142, Williams 80.
The shorter meet schedule kicked off with the 200 Medley Relay, where the A Relay of Paul Leclerc '22 (24.92), Jack Melnick '19 (26.14), Brennan Lee '21 (22.85), and Will Zhang '22 (20.96) combined for a time of 1:34.87, third fastest in the NESCAC. The B relay also had a solid swim of 1:36.56, buoyed by quick splits from Nick Whitcomb '22 (24.48) and Sam Gollob '22 (26.90).
In the first individual event of the afternoon, Jackson Karofsky '21 unleashed a monster come-from-behind victory in the 1000, taking the win in a tight battle with UConn in a NESCAC-leading time of 9:37. Later, Karofsky followed up this victory with a third place finish in the 500 free, finishing in a solid time of 4:42.35.
Jamie Lovette '21 kept the ball rolling in the next event, posting a very quick time of 1:42 to get to the wall in the 200 freestyle, where he was closely followed by Lucca Delcompare '20 in a time of 1:44.20.
The 50 freestyle featured the return of Zhang, who lowered his season-best time from the Union College meet to finish in a time of 21.6. His high-school teammate, Sean Tan '22, did the same in the 200 IM right after, dropping his season best down to a 1:57, with a monster closing 50.
The 100 fly featured another season best, where sophomore David Pearcy dropped the hammer in a time of 51.40. First year Aaron Stanton unleashed a 100 freestyle only half a second off of his best time, destroying his in-season best and touching for third place in a time of 47.19. Two more Ephs, Lovette and Curtis Maher '19 joined him under the 48-second mark.
The 100 back was another first year dual, featuring the leadoff legs from the medley relay. Ultimately, Whitcomb followed up his medley relay split with a third place finish of 53.09, featuring a tightly split back half. Leclerc had a great swim as well, touching only a hair behind in 53.26.
The final event of the night, the 400 freestyle relay saw the A team of Stanton (47.51), Maher (47.20), Christian Alberga '21 (49.09) and Lovette (47.60) touch in second. Also of note was the split of Lucca Delcompare '20 (47.80) on the 'B' relay.
When asked about the meet, Head Coach Steve Kuster commented: "There were some bright spots for sure, and some things that will need to get better. It was good for us to see this kind of competition; it forced us to raise our game. I hope we can continue to find new levels as the season progresses."
The Ephs return to competition next week, where they will face off at Wesleyan against Wesleyan, Tufts, and WPI.