MIDDLEBURY, VT – The Williams College Ephs continued their strong meet after their second full day of racing at Middlebury College, going into the final day of racing 24 points ahead of second place.
The day started off with the 200 medley relay, with the B relay swimming a time of 1:32.34. The A relay, comprised of Nick Whitcomb '22, Jack Melnick '19, Zeb Hart '22, Curtis Maher '19, touched in third place with a time of 1:30.45, all four legs swimming quick splits.
Today, the Ephs decided that it was time to come, race, and win. Out of the six individual events swum today, the Ephmen won five of them. To start, Andrew Trunsky '20 brought the house down in the 1000 freestyle, going a 9:15.31. . He was the second seed going into the meet, and came out on top by five seconds. He went a best time by seven seconds, and was only two seconds off the NESCAC record, a swim that bodes well for his 1650 on Sunday.
the three Ephs competing in the 400 Individual Medley all placed in the championship final. Senior Shahzad Mumtaz '22 went almost the exact same time as this morning (4:00.86), swimming all four of his strokes equally well. His swims today were a second and a half drop from his best time at NESCACs last year. John Gaffney '21 touched third in a time of 3:59.84, almost edging out the second place finisher, his quick freestyle leg helping secure his finish. On the top of the podium was Jackson Karofsky '21, dropping four seconds over the course of the day, going 3:53.64. His backstroke leg set him up for the victory, with his strong freestyle leg and blonde mohawk propelling him to the victory.
Since lane five was warmed up for winning, David Pearcy decided it was time to dominate and sneak under his best time. Pearcy's quickest second 50 helped seal the victory. Junior Lucca Delcompare hit the wall in fifth place with a time of 49.75. Also in the championship heat were Zeb Hart '22 and Sean Tan '22. Hart and Tan raced to the finish, with Hart outtouching his teammate, the Ephs going 50.40 and 50.42, respectively. In the consolation final was Brennan Lee '21, swimming a time of 51.31.
Next up was the 200 free, with three Ephs swimming in the top, championship final. Sophomore Jamie Lovette smashed his best time, pool record, and the meet record in a time of 1:37.82. His last three 50s were almost the same time, showing his strength in shorter events as well as distance ones. Coming in fifth place was Henry Marquardt '21, dipping under 1:40, swimming a strong time of 1:39.97. Finally, in eighth place was Curtis Maher '22, touching in a time of 1:42.30.
The purple cows overpopulated the 100 breaststroke, placing two people in each final. In the pre-consolation final, breaststroke twins Sam Gollob '22 and Alex Bank '20 competed, with both beating their prelims times, Gollob going a 57.37, and Bank swimming a 58.52. In the consolation final, Clayton Morikawa '20 won the heat in 56.56, going a best time, while teammate Aaron Stanton '22 touched in a time of 57.41, also in a best time. In the championship final Dragan Vujovic tied for fifth place, dropping over a second from his best time (56.70). Finally, at the top of the podium was Jack Melnick '19. Melnick was the third seed going into finals, yet swam his way to victory. He was third after the first 25, second after the first 50, first after the 75, and extended his lead during the final lap of the race. His time is a best time and an NCAA B cut.
The final event of the night, the 100 backstroke, was also populated by Williams swimmers. In the pre-consolation final, Matthew Lennon '19 touched in at a time of 53.30, placing 24th overall. In the consolation final, Timmy Page '22 moved up a spot and placed sixth in the heat. Finally, in the championship final, freshmen backstroke duo Nick Whitcomb and Paul Leclerc held down the fort by placing third and fifth. Both the freshmen went NCAA B cut times, with Leclerc placing fifth overall in a time of 50.06 and Whitcomb touching third in a time of 49.95.
On the meet thus far, head coach Steve Kuster says, "This meet has been a crazy ride thus far. The men have competed incredibly well so far. Tonight was a tremendous night with some great swims for us. I love the grit and fire with which the team is bringing to the pool every session."
The Ephs will compete in their final day of competition tomorrow. They will compete in the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and the 1650 freestyle. Prelims will start at 10am and finals will start at 5:30pm.
DAY 2 TEAM STANDINGS
1. Williams College – 1316.5 points
2. Tufts University – 1292.5 points
3. Amherst College – 1036 points
4. Bowdoin College – 697.5 points
5. Colby College – 645 points
6. Bates College – 623 points
7. Connecticut College – 603.5 points
8. Middlebury College – 460.5 points
9. Trinity College – 330.5 points
10. Hamilton College – 215 points
11. Wesleyan University – 187 points