Williamstown, MA – The Ephs bested Union College today in their home pool, beating the Dutchmen in a final score of 208 to 58. Putting up a number of impressive swims and dives, the team continued their season win streak of 5-0.
The 200 Medley Relay of Nick Whitcomb (24.48), Jacob Grover (27.19), Zeb Hart (22.22), and Paul Leclerc (21.54) took home the first win of the night in a collective time of 1:35.43. Sophomore Aaron Stanton continued to demonstrate his relay prowess by splitting 20.69 on the final leg of the relay, and first year Liam Sullivan had the fastest breaststroke split of the night in a blazing 26.34, closely followed by Sam Gollob in a 26.44.
The meet continued with the 1000 yard freestyle in which Jamie Lovette (9:40.74) and Jackson Karofsky (9:41.81) faced off in the exciting endurance race. Fellow distance training partners Andrew Trunsky and Will Burford took home first and second in the next event, finishing the 200 freestyle in a 1:45.57 and 1:47.24 respectively.
Nick Whitcomb made his season debut in the 100 backstroke, finishing in first place with an impressive 52.89 while Aaron Stanton and Jacob Grover battled in the 100 breaststroke. Grover was in front at the halfway mark, but Stanton pulled ahead in the final few yards to clench the win in a 1:00.51.
Divers Kobe Tray and Ben Shapiro had great performances on the boards. Tray threw a fantastic 2.5 list in the 3 meter competition including a back 2 1/2 tuck (305c), and Shapiro threw a phenomenal inward 1 1/2 tuck (403C) as well as completing a 203b and 303c for the first time in his college career.
The Ephmen showed their continuing strength in the 200 butterfly this evening. The team is returning the top four NESCAC swimmers in this event, and NESCAC Champion Lucca Delcompare took home the win in a 1:53.08. Sophomore Will Zhang ruled the sprint events, winning the 50 freestyle in 21.84 and the 100 freestyle in 48.01.
Junior David Pearcy revved it up from neutral in the 500 freestyle, finishing in a speedy 4:51.78. Eleven Ephs competed in the following 200 Individual Medley, with sophomore Sean Tan (1:58.19) and Jackson Karofsky (2:00.10) taking first and second place.
In the final event of the evening, first year Jack Marquardt switched it into gear, leading his team to victory in the 400 freestyle relay with a blazing 47.59 split.
The Ephmen, after competing in five dual meets in the past eight days, will return to their dual meet season on January 11 when they will face off against rival Amherst. The Ephs lost to Amherst last year in the midseason meet but emerged victorious at the NESCAC Championships, so the January 11th meet will be an exhilarating showdown of two outstanding teams.