Clinton, NY – The Ephs arrived ready to race today in their final dual meet of the season. Facing off against Middlebury and Hamilton in two separate dual meets, the Williams team competed in a nontraditional lineup, racing only 50s and 100s of stroke. The Ephs emerged victorious in both meets, beating Middlebury 184:90 and Hamilton 168:113.
The meet began with the 200 yard medley relay in which the team of Paul Leclerc (24.48), Clayton Morikawa (26.45), David Pearcy (22.63), and Aaron Stanton (20.93) led the Ephs to victory in a final time of 1:34.52. In the first individual event of the afternoon, Jamie Lovette won the 1000 yard freestyle. Finishing in a speedy 9:38.36, the junior finished nearly five seconds ahead of the previous pool record.
Andrew Trunsky (1:46.29) and David Pearcy (1:47.01) represented Williams in the 200 freestyle, taking first and second respectively. The Ephs continued their success in the 50 backstroke, when Paul Leclerc clenched the win in 24.64, just barely out touching teammate Ev Nichol (24.67) who swam in the previous heat. In the 50 breaststroke the Williams team of Jacob Grover (27.31), Aaron Stanton (27.33), and Clayton Morikawa (27.41) beat out Middlebury to sweep the event, but fell to Wilkins of Hamilton.
In the 100 yard butterfly, Sean Tan finished in 53.24, securing him first place, and Jamie Lovette took home the win in the 50 freestyle in a time of 21.65. In the diving well the Williams divers won both events, with Kobe Trey (314.30) and Ben Shapiro (236.15) scoring first and second in the 1 meter and first and third in the 3 meter respectively.
Following diving, David Pearcy won the 100 freestyle in 48.63. Jacob Grover, traditionally a breaststroker, made his backstroke debut in the 100 placing second overall and beating out Middlebury in 55.15. Grover was followed closely by Henry Marquardt (55.34). Andrew Trunsky and Lucca Delcompare represented Williams in the 500 freestyle, and the duo took first and second in 4:43.58 and 4:50.86 respectively.
Williams swept the final event of the evening. Lucca Delcompare (1:58.93), Andrew Trunsky (2:00.47), and Jacob Grover (2:01.24) took first through third in the 200 individual medley. Finishing the meet in style, the Eph team of Jamie Lovette (21.82), Henry Marquardt (21.50), William Zhang (21.36), and Aaron Stanton (21.03) took first in the 200 freestyle relay.
The Ephs will be returning home with an impressive dual meet record: 10-1. They will be racing at the Middlebury Invitational next weekend, but have their eyes set on the competitive NESCAC Championship which will be at home February 20-23.