Men Finish 7th at NCAAs

Curtis Maher '19
Curtis Maher '19

Greensboro, NC-- The final day of the NCAA Championships kicked off with a bang, as the Ephs looked to secure their second consecutive top ten finish at the meet. The men would only contest two events on the day: the 1650 Freestyle and the 400 Freestyle Relay.

In the mile, Jamie Lovette '21 looked to continue a strong meet thus far, swimming the event out of the morning heats. Lovette was out quickly, but faded slightly at the end, touching in 15:39, good for 11th. Lovette's classmate, Jackson Karofsky, represented the Ephs in the evening final. Karofsky annihilated his best time of 15:31 to touch third, a new NCAA personal best finish, in a time of 15:23.0. That swim earned Karofsky his second All-American finish of the weekend, and caps off an incredible season that featured him putting in best times in all of his primary events.

The final event of the season for the meet and season for the Ephmen was the 400 Freestyle relay. The Ephs had qualified for the Consolation Finals in the morning, seeded 11th, and were looking to improve upon that at night. Ultimately Williams won the heat, taking 9th overall. However, that placement alone does not truly capture the magnitude of the swim. Their final time, 3:00.35, was only half a second off the school record, and also marked the fastest time in the NESCAC this year. The relay included excellent spits from David Pearcy '21 (45.40), who lowered his lifetime best flat start, Curtis Maher '19 (45.10), who capped off his career in heat leading style, Jamie Lovette (44.98), who despite swimming a mile earlier in the day flipped out to a blazing 20.9 and closed under 45, and Henry Marquardt (44.87), who posted both the fastest split of the relay and his first ever split under 45.

Although they brought only 7 swimmers to the meet, the WIlliams College team outperformed all expectations and placed an impressive 7th place, getting All American finishes from five of their seven swimmers.