Amherst, MA- Williams arrived in the Amherst Natatorium today ready to race and hungry for the win. The Ephmen had a score to settle after succumbing to their rival in dual meets the last two years despite conquering them at NESCACs. After an exceptionally loud and energized meet, the Williams Men won the meet with a final score of 129-114.
The 400 Medley Relay team of Nick Whitcomb (51.47), Liam Sullivan (55.94), Zeb Hart (49.39), and Jack Marquardt (48.41) started off the meet in a dazzling 3:25.21, finishing second to Amherst. Backstroker Paul Leclerc led off in an impressive 51.18, while David Pearcy split 50.67 on the butterfly leg of their relay.
The Ephmen made up crucial ground when the distance group of Andrew Trunsky, Jackson Karofsky, and Cole Mason swept the 1000 freestyle, finishing first, second, and third respectively. The momentum continued in the 200 freestyle, with Jamie Lovette taking first in a time of 1:40.71 and Lucca Delcompare taking third in 1:43.31.
Scott Romeyn of Amherst edged out Williams in the 50 freestyle, with Aaron Stanton throwing down an impressive 21.29. Already swimming in-season bests, the sophomore is emerging as a Williams' powerhouse sprinter.
The 200 Individual Medley showcased the Eph's IM superiority when they swept the top positions, taking first through fifth. Sean Tan took home the win in 1:54.79, while Paul Leclerc finished second in 1:55.34 with a speedy backstroke and freestyle leg and Jackson Karofsky (1:55.46) took third just minutes after he completed the 1000.
On the boards, divers Kobe Tray and Ben Shapiro dove an incredible list against a competitive field. In the 1 meter competition, Tray placed first and Shapiro threw his first 404c during a meet. Later during the meet, the duo took the 3 meter competition by storm, with Kobe Tray completing his first 107 and placing second and Ben Shapiro showcasing his new 405c inward optional.
Junior David Pearcy won the 200 butterfly with his in-season best of 1:54.42, and was closely followed by training partner Lucca Delcompare (1:54.84). In the 100 freestyle Amherst took the lead with Romeyn taking first in a blazing 45.38 and Eph Jamie Lovette finishing second in 46.31.
Continuing the close and tense meet, Amherst won the 200 backstroke while Paul Leclerc and Nick Whitcomb finished in 1:51.76 and 1:53.88 respectively. Despite the Amherst wins, the Ephs switched the momentum of the meet when Jackson Karofsky and Andrew Trunsky took first and second in the 500 freestyle, and teammate Will Burford took third with his in-season best by 10 seconds in a time of 4:46.50.
Freshmen breaststrokers Liam Sullivan and Jacob Grover arrived ready to race, as the pair finished in 2:05.91 and 2:06.59 which would have landed top-eight finishes at the NESCAC Championship last year. In the last event of the night, the Ephs flew to a fast finish in the 400 freestyle relay, with the team of William Zhang (47.71), Aaron Stanton (46.09), Henry Marquardt (47.15), and Jamie Lovette (46.35) placing second in a time of 3:07.30.
Head Coach Steve Kuster was impressed with the Ephs' performance, stating that "the group showed up in a good place. Fired up to get after it, but in control enough to execute well. It's been a decade since we've won in Pratt pool, so that is really satisfying. I loved that we had big contributions from lots of places." Looking forward to the rest of the season, he said "we were very good today, but great performances are hopefully yet to come."
The Ephs remain undefeated after their victory against Amherst, with a season record of 6-0. They will continue their dual meet season on Saturday at home against Connecticut College.