Ephs Defeat Middlebury, Hamilton in final Dual Meet of 2018-19 season

Ephs Defeat Middlebury, Hamilton in final Dual Meet of 2018-19 season

MIDDLEBURY, VT—The Ephmen traveled to Vermont for their last dual meet of the season, facing off against Middlebury and Hamilton. The boys won both of their head-to-heads, defeating Middlebury 164-110 and Hamilton 175-80.

The meet kicked off with the 400 Medley Relay, where the 'A' team of Leclerc '22 (51.81), Morikawa '20 (58.26), Delconpare '20 (50.91), and Maher '19 (46.56). That marks a season best in the 100 for Leclerc, and solid times all-around for the rest of the relay.

Jamie Lovette '21 won the first individual event of the afternoon, posting a 9:33.19 to take the 1000 freestyle, taking over the top spot in the NESCAC. His distance training partner, Jackson Karofsky '21, followed up the 1000 with a win of his own in the 200 freestyle, where his 1:44.28 narrowly out touched teammates David Pearcy '21 and John Gaffney '21.  The sophomores had a strong meet overall; Pearcy returned in the shorter freestyle race, the 100, taking another win there as the only finisher under 48 seconds, and Henry Marquardt finished first in the 100 backstroke.  

First year Zeb Hart had a pair of statement swims on the day as well, taking a victory in the 50 backstroke in a time of 24.57 and, later, followed it up with a 50 fly win, touching in 23.16. The 50 fly was a race of centimeters, as Brennan Lee '21 touched in 23.17, a mere .01 behind Hart.

The first years kept the momentum moving, as Sam Gollob claimed a win of his own, touching first in the 50 breaststroke and a season best time. Melnick '19 and Morikawa followed him into the wall. Immediately after, first year Sean Tan won the 100 fly in a season best of his own, finishing in 51.85. Leclerc finished second and Mumtaz '19 came in third.

In the 500 freestyle, Andrew Trunsky '20 knocked his season best down by almost 4 seconds, touching 4:39.81 and dipping under 4:40 for the first time this year.  

The final individual event of the night was the 100 yard IM. Tan claimed his second win of the day, leading the field in 53.79, and another first year, Aaron Stanton, followed shortly after in 54.00.

The closing event, the 200 freestyle relay, saw the Williams 'A' relay of Marquardt (21.97), Alberga (21.63), Maher (20.92), and Lovette (21.63) take top honors.

On the meet, Eph head coach Steve Kuster remarked: "The team has continued to race well each week. I'm looking forward to seeing everything come together during championship season starting next week."

The Ephmen return to competition next week, returning to Middlebury for the beginning of championship season for the Middlebury Invitational.

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