MIDDLEBURY, VT – The Williams College swim and dive team kicked off their NESCAC meet by winning the 800 freestyle relay on Thursday night. The NESCAC meet has a new structure, with the 800 freestyle relay being swum on Thursday night, instead of Saturday night. Although this was the first year with the swapping of events, and the change has paid off in favor of the Ephs.
The Ephs' B relay were the first members of the Williams squad to compete at NESCACs. Jackson Karofsky '21, John Gaffney '21, Andrew Trunsky '20, and David Pearcy '21 brought the house down with a new meet and pool record of 6:40.28. Although the B relays are unable to place above the A relays, this team would have placed second overall. The first three Ephmen swam splits of 1:40, with Pearcy coming back in a 1:39.15.
Last year at NCAAs, the Ephs placed eighth with an overall time of 6:40.62. The quartet only lost one member, and proved that their depth in freestyle is one of their strengths. Not only did the B relay swim faster than this time, but the A relay did as well.
The Ephs came into the meet as the second seed, yet they smashed their heat by seven seconds. Lucca Delcompare '20, Henry Marquardt '21, Curtis Maher '19, and Jamie Lovette '21 touched in an overall time of 6:34.03. Delcompare got the relay off to a strong start, going just under his best time and handing the lead off to Marquardt. Marquardt swam a lightning fast front half of his race, resulting in a faster split from last year by almost two seconds. By the time Maher dove in, the Ephs had solidified the lead, and by the time Maher finished his leg, he was swimming in the opposite direction as the competition. Finally, Lovette secured the Ephs' first place of the meet, with his finish destroying the pool, meet, and NESCAC records. This time also places them first in Division III swimming. Amherst came in second, and Tufts placed third.
The Ephs continue their battle to reclaim the top of the podium tomorrow, Friday, February 22, with prelims heats starting at 10am, and finals starting at 6pm.
DAY 1 TEAM STANDINGS
1. Williams College – 90 points
2. Tufts University – 76 points
2. Amherst College – 76 points
4. Bates College – 68 points
5. Colby College – 66 points
6. Connecticut College – 64 points
7. Bowdoin College – 58 points
8. Trinity College – 52 points
8. Middlebury College – 52 points
10. Hamilton College – 46 points
11. Wesleyan University – 42 points