NEW LONDON, CT-- Williams College faced off against the Connecticut College Camels for their second dual meet of the new year. The men came away with a victory, defeating Conn 156-106.
The event kicked off with the 200 Medley relay, where the 'A' Medley of Whitcomb '22 (24.36), Melnick '19 (26.56), Hart '22 (22.86), and Maher '19 (21.17) took home the victory in a time of 1:34.95. Following closely behind for second was the Williams 'B' relay of Leclerc '22, Gollob '22, Lee '21, and Zhang '22.
The first individual race of the meet was the men's 1650, where Jamie Lovette '21 blew away the field in a remarkable, NESCAC-leading, and 11th ranked in the nation time of 15:48.40, beating his in-season best from last year by nearly 20 seconds. Lovette also won the 100 freestyle, where he was just off of his season best time, touching in 47.04.
Curtis Maher '19 made a statement return to the 200 freestyle, flying out to an early lead and then holding on for the win in a gutsy swim of 1:44.17. Jackson Karofsky '21 took second in 1:44.22, a fingernail behind, after a lightning fast second 100.
Sean Tan '22 took a win in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 54.31, tying his season best. Timmy Page '22 touched in 2nd in 55.04, improving his season best by around a half second. Henry Marquardt '21 touched in a tie for third in 55.12.
Alex Bank improved his season-best in the 100 breaststroke by nearly a full second, touching second in a time of 1:00.97.
John Gaffney '21 took second in the 200 fly, and, although he fell just short in that race, returned for a win later in the 100 fly, finishing in 52.75. Hart took out the 200 race very aggressively, but faded to fourth at the end. Later, he too redeemed himself with a second place finish in the shorter butterfly race.
Jackson Karofsky utilized his very strong back half to claim a come-from-behind victory in the 200 backstroke, outsplitting his Conn College pursuer by over 2 seconds in the latter half.
The Williams breaststroke squad returned the the pool for a 2-4-5 finish, with Melnick (2:12.0), Vujovic '19 (2:13.90), and Zhang '22 (2:16.73). That time marks an almost 2 second improvement for Vujovic over his previous season best.
The final individual event of the meet was the 400 IM, where the Ephs claimed a 2-3-4-5 finish, behind Shahzad Mumtaz '19 top Williams placing and season-best time of 4:11.66. Rounding out the placings were Leclerc, Andrew Trunsky '20, and Lucca Delcompare '20.
The meet concluded with the 200 freestyle relay, where the 'A' squad of Zhang (22.24), Lovette (21.56), Hart (21.58), and Maher (21.24) touched for a win. Also of note was Christian Alberga's monster 21.19 anchor leg on the 'B' relay, a valiant effort that was just enough to duck past Conn's relay for the 1-2 finish.
Per the meet, Head Coach Steve Kuster remarked: "this was another solid meet for the Ephmen with several very good performances. In lots of cases I thought the men did a good job of finishing well and getting their hands on the wall. There was, for sure, enough good to build off of moving forward."
The Ephs return to competition next Saturday when they travel to MIT to compete against MIT and NYU.