CAMBRIDGE, MA—The Ephs traveled East to face the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University in a tri-meet. At the end of the day, the Williams men did not emerge triumphant, falling 155-139 to NYU and 207-87 to MIT. Despite this, there were a number of highlights across the meet, with some fast Williams swims and good competition.
The meet kicked off with the 400 Medley Relay, where the 'A' squad of Leclerc '22 (52.57), Morikawa '20 (58.55), Pearcy '21 (50.72), and Maher '19 (46.33) touched first among the Eph relays. On the 'B' relay, Sam Gollob '22 improved his season best breaststroke split, with a time of 58.63. Dragan Vujovic '19 also posted his first sub-1:00 breast split of the year, coming in at 59.82.
The first individual event of the afternoon was the 1650, where the Ephs wrapped up a 2-3 finish, with Jackson Karofsky '21 touching in 16:02.58, and Andrew Trunsky '20 shortly after in 16:06.50. That time for Jackson was almost 10 full seconds faster than he was last year and is good for the third fastest time in the NESCAC.
Up next was Jamie Lovette '21 in the 200 freestyle, where he claimed yet another victory, out touching MIT's Jordan Ren in a time of 1:42.12. Henry Marquardt '21 was just off of his season best, finishing in 1:44.79.
In the 100 breaststroke, Morikawa returned to take a third-place finish.
The 200 butterfly was another strong event for the Ephs, where Lucca Delcompare '20 (1:52.13) and Sean Tan '22 (1:52.86) both had lifetime best in-season to finish 2-3. The times also further the gap between the two and the rest of the NESCAC on the top times for the season, as they already held the top two spots.
In the 100 freestyle, Lovette was just off his season best time for 6th, and Marquardt lowered his season best by nearly a second to finish in 47.61.
The 200 backstroke saw the combination of Leclerc (1:54.78), Karofsky (1:55.92), and Tan (1:57.04) combine for a 2-3-4 finish.
The 500 freestyle was Lovette's 3rd individual event of the meet- which didn't slow him down, as he raced in to the wall for another win, closing in a season best 4:39. Following shortly after was Trunsky for third.
Delcompare was the top finisher in the 100 fly for Williams, lowering his season best time by nearly a second, and moving into the fifth place spot in the NESCAC.
The 400 IM was the final individual event of the evening, and Karofsky had another solid swim, finishing in 4:07.53, which was good for third.
The meet closed out with the 200 freestyle relay, where the 'A' relay of Stanton (21.80), Lovette (21.53), Hart (21.59), and Maher (21.20) finished third. Also of note was Christian Alberga's split of 21.28 on the 'B' relay.
After the meet, Eph head coach Steve Kuster remarked: "Nothing was overly flowing today - good swims certainly didn't come easy, and it was kind of a grind it out effort for the men. Despite that, there was still some very good racing, even though in a bunch of cases they weren't our fastest swims of the year."
The Ephs return to competition next Saturday where they will face Middlebury and Hamilton at 1:00 p.m..