Williamstown, MA – The Ephs emerged victorious this Saturday after facing NESCAC foes Tufts, Wesleyan, and WPI in their home pool in a competitive quad meet.
Despite only starting their dual meet season the night before at Springfield College, the team performed incredible dives and threw down some fast times, finishing the meet with final scores of 175-138 versus Tufts, 215-92 versust WPI, and won 218-85 overt Wesleyan. The Ephmen demonstrated their impressive depth across all strokes, taking home first place in thirteen of the eighteen events.
The first year Ephs made impressive contributions, especially in the breaststroke and IM events. Liam Sullivan of Bar Harbor, Maine captured the first win of the night in the 50 breaststroke, swimming an impressive 26.77. Sullivan went on to win the 100 breastroke later in the night in a time of 59.18, and breaststroke training partner Jacob Grover took second in the 200 breastroke with a speedy 2:11.86.
Fellow first years Jack Marquardt and Cole Mason sped to a quick second and third place finish in the 400 IM. On the boards, diver Kobe Tray placed first in the 1-meter competition with a score of 306.08.
Distance swimmers Jamie Lovette (4:44.66), Jackson Karofsky (4:46.67), and Andrew Trunsky (4:47.83) took the top three spots of the 500 freestyle in the first distance showdown of the year. Lovette also placed first in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:42.59, while Karofsky placed first in the 400 IM in a time of 4:09.10.
In the sprint events, sophomores Zeb Hart and Aaron Stanton came ready to race. Hart captured the 50 backstroke (23.90) and the 50 fly (23.09), while Stanton placed second in the 50 freestyle (21.38) and second in the 100 freestyle (47.16) before dropping a lightning fast 20.42 on the end of the Ephmen's 200 freestyle relay.
Head coach Steve Kuster was impressed by the Ephs' spirit today, but was quick to refocus on meets to come. "There was a lot of good racing and diving, and some nice performances. There is still a lot to be done, and I don't think any of us are thinking we are as good as we need to be right now. Having said that it is always nice to have performed well and beaten a tough and talented team within the league."
The Ephmen will continue their dual meet season at home next Saturday against Union College at 1:00 PM.