Ephs win Five of Seven Events on Day Three of NESCACs

Liam Sullivan '23
Liam Sullivan '23

The Williams College Ephs continued their stampede tonight, winning five of the seven events, placing the, almost 200 points ahead of the competition. 

The night started with the 200 medley relay. The quartet of Nick Whitcomb '22, Liam Sullivan '23, Zeb Hart '22, and Aaron Stanton '22 placed second overall in a time of 1:28.74. The Ephs went .01 faster than their swim from Thursday night, with consistent swims overall from them.

The first individual event of the night was the 1000 freestyle. Senior Will Burford, despite swimming in the morning session for the event, placed seventh overall. He swam an extremely consistent race, going fast enough to place himself in his first top eight ever. Classmate Andrew Trunsky also swam the event and placed fourth overall in a 9:25.45.

In the 400 Individual Medley, Sean Tan '22 captured his first NESCAC title. His lightning fast butterfly split set him ahead of the competition, and his very well split remainder of the race propelled him to the finish in a 4:00.78. Hot on his tail was Jackson Karofsky '21, whose incredible 100 freestyle shot him past the competition in the last 50 of the race. He placed second in a 4:00.98. In a phenomenal race from an outside lane, freshman Jack Marquardt surprised the competition with a quick breaststroke leg and strong freestyle leg to place fourth overall in a 4:01.78.

The next individual win came from David Pearcy '21 in the 100 butterfly. In the morning session, he went a best time and set a new pool record of 48.30. Although he didn't quite get another best time tonight, he still won the event by almost one second. Also in the heat was freshmen Ev Nichol. The baby eph went a best time in a 49.39, placing fifth. Senior Lucca Delcompare placed seventh with a 49.89 and Brennan Lee placed eighth in a best time of 50.25.

Continuing the streak, Jamie Lovette '21 won the 200 freestyle. In the morning he broke the pool record, and while he did not go under it tonight, he still had an incredible swim and won in a 1:38.13. Classmate Henry Marquardt had an extremely well swum race, placing fourth in a 1:40.67. 

In the 100 breaststroke, the ephs had seven men compete throughout the three finals tonight. In the pre-consolation final, senior Alex Bank was just off his morning time, finishing in a 58.62 and placing twentieth overall. Also in the pre-consolation final was Will Zhang, who placed twenty-first in a 59.07. Aaron Stanton '22 held down the fort. He was right off his best time from the morning and went a 57.54 and placed thirteenth overall. Finally, in the championship final, the ephs snatched four of the top eight spots. In an incredible race, Liam Sullivan '23 claimed another NESCAC title for himself, finishing in a 54.40. He was .04 off his best time from the morning, which was a pool, meet, and NESCAC record. In an incredible race, classmate Jacob Grover dropped half a second from the morning and two seconds overall in the day, and finished in a speedy 54.58, almost outtouching his classmate. Also in the championship final was Clayton Morikawa '20, who placed seventh in a 57.15. Coming in eighth place was Sam Gollob '22, who went a 57.29.

The final event of the night was the 100 backstroke. Sophomores Timmy Page, Paul Leclerc, and Nick Whitcomb represented the ephs in the consolation and championship finals. In the consolation final, Timmy Page, with a quick first 50, went a best time and placed eleventh in a 50.86. In the championship final, Nick Whitcomb, fresh off his 50 backstroke championship, held his first place seed and won in a time of 48.64. Classmate Paul Leclerc finished in fifth in a 50.04.

The Ephs start their final day of competition tomorrow at 10am.