Middlebury, VT – The Ephs began their championship season at the Middlebury Invitational this weekend, competing against Middlebury College, Saint Michael's, and UVM. With the NESCAC Championships less than three weeks away, the invite was an exciting opportunity to hone either events that will be swum at the championships or compete in some nontraditional races. Spread over three sessions, the Ephs carried the energy throughout the weekend while dropping some impressive times.
On Friday night, the invitational began with the 200 freestyle relay in which the team of Henry Marquardt (22.07), David Pearcy (21.96), Christian Alberga (21.52), and Jamie Lovette (21.33) secured the victory in 1:26.88.
Eight Ephs competed in the 200 Individual Medley, with Jackson Karofsky (1:55.95) taking first and Sean Tan (1:57.69) second in the crowded field. Middlebury took first in the 50 freestyle, while breaststroker Liam Sullivan posted an impressive 22.19. The Ephs won 400 yard medley, the final event of the day, in 3:32.43 with a relay team composed of Jackson Karofsky (53.28), Aaron Stanton (59.23), Jacob Silberman (51.83), and David Pearcy (48.09).
The Ephs returned to the Middlebury pool ready to race on Saturday. The relay team of Nick Whitcomb (23.74), Jacob Silberman (27.42), David Pearcy (22.62), and Jamie Lovette (21.07). took first in the 200 yard medley, posting a final time of 1:34.85, while the team of Timmy Page (24.68), Christian Alberga (27.07), Lucca Delcompare (23.52), and Brennan Lee (21.57) took third. In the first individual event of the day, sophomore Sean Tan dropped a speedy 4:11.59 in the 400 Individual Medley against an open pool, taking first.
The Williams divers swept the podium, with Kobe Tray and Ben Shapiro taking first and second in both the 1 meter and 3 meter competition respectively. Tray won the 11 dive event on one meter with a final score of 500.85.
Jacob Grover transitioned from his traditional breaststroke lineup to swim the 100 butterfly. The first-year took first in 53.12, and was followed closely by Jackson Karofsky (53.65). The Ephs continued their momentum into the 200 freestyle, where Henry Marquardt clenched the win and Aaron Stanton took second in his longest race of the year.
In the final events of the session, Jacob Silberman posted 1:00.19 in the 100 breaststroke while Nick Whitcomb grabbed the victory in the 100 backstroke with a speedy 53.30. The Williams men were able to compete in the first 800 freestyle relay of the season, throwing down a 7:05.60. The relay, composed of Andrew Trunsky (1:45.50), Jamie Lovette (1:45.03), Sean Tan (1:47.24), and Jacob Grover (1:47.83), featured two members of the winning relay last year at the NESCAC Championships.
Will Burford led the Williams men to victory in the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:45.25 while Cole Mason took second. In the 200 backstroke, Nick Whitcomb won in a final time of 1:55.08, and Jamie Lovette won the 100 freestyle with 46.69, and Christian Alberga posting 49.09.
The Williams first-year class demonstrated their prowess in the 200 breaststroke, with Jack Marquardt taking first in 2:11.31 and Jacob Silberman taking second in 2:12.87. The 200 yard butterfly, the final individual of the long weekend, featured Jackson Karofsky clenching the win in 1:55.51. Concluding the Middlebury Invitational, the team of Jack Marquardt (48.51), Christian Alberga (47.97), Henry Marquardt (47.52), and Aaron Stanton (46.70) won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:10.70.
The Middlebury Invitational marks the last meet before the Williams men head to the NESCAC Championships. The Ephs will be hosting the championship in their own Samuelson-Muir pool, so make sure to stop by or tune in to the livestream on February 20-23.