Greensboro, NC--The Ephs came out of Day One of NCAAs in 9th place, and were looking to move up on the second day of the meet. The finals session featured Ephs in the finals of the 200 Freestyle Relay, 400 IM, 100 Fly, and 200 Freestyle.
The first event of the evening was the 200 Freestyle Relay, where the lineup of Henry Marquardt '21 (20.94), Curtis Maher '19 (20.36), David Pearcy '21 (20.58), and Jamie Lovette '21 (20.43) finished 12th overall, knocking almost a half second off of their prelims time.
Sophomore Jackson Karofsky represented the Ephs in the Consolation Final of the 400 IM next. Karofsky improved on both his prelims time and his morning finish to touch the wall 11th in a time of 3:54.95. Karofsky will represent the Ephs again in the mile on the final day of competition.
Pearcy, who lowered his best in the 100 Fly in the prelims by nearly a half second, returned for the Consolation Final tonight. Pearcy knocked a further .02 off of his best time to finish 11th in 48.53.
The Ephs stacked the field in the final event of the night for the men, as Lucca Delcompare '20 and Henry Marquardt would represent the Ephs in the Consolation Final and Jamie Lovette would do the same in the Championship. Marquardt and Delcompare both put together solid swims, finishing 13th and 15th, respectively. Lovette, coming off of a second place finish in the 500 last night, put together a very solidly swum race to touch third, his best ever finish in the event.
On the day, Head Coach Steve Kuster remarked: "After a decent first day I challenged them to be better in all facets today (in and out of the water) and they responded. I thought we had a great day, the team really stepped up theirs efforts. There were a ton of great swims, highlighted by Laura Westphal, Molly Craig, Jamie Lovette and of course Maia hare who picked a great time to have the 2 best 100 flys of her life. We don't have as many swims over the next two days, but I'm looking forward to seeing the team keep the momentum going."
Tomorrow the Ephs look forward to another strong day, featuring the 200 Fly, where All-American in the event Lucca Delcompare will compete, 100 Back and Breast, and the 800 Freestyle Relay, where the Ephs boast the 2nd fastest seed time in the nation. The Ephs head into day three in eigth place, just ahead of rivals Amherst, and just behind Tufts.