Springfield, MA – The Ephmen began their dual meet season today, traveling to Springfield for their season opener. After an energized meet, the Ephs defeated Springfield with a final score of 169-109.
The meet began with an electrifying 400 Medley Relay of Paul Leclerc (53.27), Liam Sullivan (57.76), David Pearcy (50.26), and Jamie Lovette (46.47). The event was also highlighted by sophomore Zeb Hart, charging into the season with a backstroke split of 51.07.
Junior Jackson Karofsky took first in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:44.96, followed closely by teammates David Pearcy (1:55.42) and Paul Leclerc (1:47.80). Demonstrating the Ephs depth in both backstroke and breastroke, Zeb Hart (53.43), Henry Marquardt (55.72), and Jacob Grover (56.69) competed in the 100 yard backstroke, while Will Zhang (1:01.94), Alex Bank (1:02.53), and Jack Marquardt (1:03.37) took the top three spots in the 100 breaststroke.
Juniors Jamie Lovette (21.81) and Brennan Lee (22.21) took first and second in the 50 freestyle, followed by first year teammate Jake Silberman.
The first year divers Ben Shapiro and Kobe Tray made their college debut on the boards, competing in the 1 meter and 3 meter. Posting impressive dives, they scored 192.53 and 289.73 points respectively in the 1 meter competition.
In the final minutes of the meet, David Pearcy, Liam Sullivan, Jacob Grover, and Sam Gollob placed first through fourth in the 200 Individual Medley. The A 400 Freestyle relay took first, and the relay of Brennan Lee, Jack Marquardt, Cole Mason, and Andrew Trunsky finished off the meet in true style by chasing down the Springfield relay in an exciting finish.
Despite starting the season only two weeks ago, the Ephmen put up impressive times in the pool and scores on the board. Head coach Steve Kuster was pleased with the first meet of the season, saying that he is "looking forward to seeing them continue the same approach regardless of opponent. Tomorrow will require contributions from everyone, which is always exciting!"
The Ephs will swim in their home pool tomorrow at 1pm, facing off in a quad meet against Wesleyan, WPI, and rival Tufts.