Ephs Down NYU, Fall to MIT in Nail-biter

Ephs Down NYU, Fall to MIT in Nail-biter

Williamstown, MA – The swim and dive teams of NYU, MIT, and Williams converged at the Samuelson-Muir Pool today in a showdown between three of the fastest teams in division three. The atmosphere was electric as the teams went head to head in a battle that ultimately came down to the last relay. In the end, the Ephs pulled ahead of NYU to win 164-136, while the Williams team fell to MIT in a nail-biting finish of 147.5-140.5.

Although all competitors swam and dove together, the event was scored as three separate dual meets between the three teams. The 400 medley relay started off the night, beating out MIT but finishing second to NYU. The relay, consisting of Paul Leclerc (52.02), Liam Sullivan (56.57), David Pearcy (50.34), and Aaron Stanton (45.65) finished in a blazing fast 3:24.58. Stanton posted the fastest free split out of any relay, and collectively the team posted the fastest time for the Ephs this season. 

In the 200 freestyle, junior Jamie Lovette took first against both NYU and MIT, finishing in a speedy 1:40.85. The Williams breaststrokers showed up ready to race today as the trio of Liam Sullivan, Clayton Morikawa, and Jacob Grover took second, third, and fourth overall, finishing behind only Delgrosso of NYU.

Butterfly training partners David Pearcy and Lucca Delcompare squared off in the 200 yard butterfly, both throwing down impressive swims. Delcompare took second overall in 1:52.24 while Pearcy took third in a 1:53.55, making a last-second surge to overcome a MIT swimmer. MIT dominated the 50 freestyle, taking first through third.

On the boards, Kobe Trey and Ben Shapiro excelled, taking first and sixth in both the 1 meter and 3 meter competitions respectively. Shapiro, already building on tremendous progress throughout the season, threw an impressive 1.5 full twist on the 1 meter.

Back in the pool, Jamie Lovette (46.17) took second overall in the 100 freestyle, beating out NYU but coming up a hair shy of the MIT competitor while Stanton tied for fifth. In the 200 backstroke, Paul Leclerc posted a time of 1:54.45 which secured a third place finish overall, while in the 200 breaststroke the Williams crew showed up again with Grover taking third in 2:09.09 and Morikawa taking fourth in 2:09.35.

The pool erupted during the 500 freestyle competition when Williams distance swimmers Jamie Lovette and Andrew Trunsky faced off against the NYU distance squad. In a tense and hard fought event, the group battled for the first position and traded places throughout the race. During the last lap, Lovette pulled ahead, clenching the win for the Ephs in a final time of 4:36.29.

In the final individual events of the evening, David Pearcy finished in a quick 50.89 during the 100 butterfly, and Jackson Karofsky took third in the 400 Individual Medley in 4:07.78.

For Williams, both meets were determined by the final relay. As the fans cheered and teammates screamed, the relay of William Zhang (21.47), Jamie Lovette (20.66), David Pearcy (21.26), and Aaron Stanton (20.33) touched down in 1:23.72, beating NYU but taking second to MIT by three tenths. Stanton once again posted the fastest split out of any swimmer on any relay, and the relay stands as the second fastest NESCAC time this season.

The Ephs head to Hamilton tomorrow to face off against Hamilton and Middlebury colleges. This double header weekend marks the end of the dual meet season, as the championship season begins with the Middlebury Invitational the following weekend.