Amherst Men Stay Unbeaten with 132-111 Win at Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Colin White '14 (Evanston, IL) swept the diving events and Ryan Lichtenfels '12 (McLean, VA) won a pair of individual races to lead the Amherst College men's swimming and diving team to a 132-111 win over Williams College Saturday afternoon at Samuelson-Muir Pool. The Lord Jeffs improve to 5-0, while the Ephs drop to 2-3. 

The Lord Jeffs won seven of the 13 events to mark the fourth consecutive year in which the visiting school has won the Amherst-Williams men's dual meet. Last year the Ephs edged out a 125-118 win, but the tables turned this year thanks in large part to White's performances. The first-year standout improved to 10-0 in diving events, winning the 1-meter with a score of 273.38 before posting a 316.35 on the 3-meter board. Fellow newcomer Ian Stahl '14 (Weston, FL) was also impressive, placing 2nd in the 3-meter event and third in the 1-meter. 

Lichtenfels edged out a pair of wins in the distance freestyle events, beginning with a time of 9:38.49 in the 1,000 that left him only 0.67 seconds ahead of Ephman John Armstrong. His victory in the 500 would be less dramatic, as his 4:39.48 was 4.2 seconds faster than the next best time. 

Amherst featured the top three times in the 200-yard butterfly and the 200-yard backstroke, as their depth provided problems for the Ephs throughout the meet. In the butterfly it was first-year Tyler Bulakul (Bangkok, Thailand) who led the way with a time of 1:57.26, followed by senior co-captain Ryan Colby (Birdsboro, PA) and first-year Conor McAuliffe (Andover, MA). The three Jeffs were the only competitors to finish under the 2-minute mark in the event. 

Finishing 1-2-3 in the 200-yard backstroke for Amherst were Daniel Schwab '13 (San Diego, CA), senior co-captain Reid Fitzgerald (New York, NY) and Tim White '12 (Centerport, NY), with Schwab's time of 1:54.93 setting the pace. This was the second time in as many years those three Jeffs finished with the top three times in the 200-yard backstroke against Williams, but last year it was White who led the charge. 

Amherst opened the meet with a narrow win in the 400-yard medley relay when Fitzgerald, Bulakul and Tim White joined Ben McBratney '12 (Evanston, IL) to swim a 3:31.55, less than one second ahead of the top Williams team. 

Ben Wampler led Williams to the top three times in the 50-yard freestyle, while Paul Dyrkacz won the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard breaststroke. Amherst's Alex Fraser '11 (Willowbrook, IL) would place second to Williams in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events, with the Jeffs notably finishing 2-3-4 in the 100. The Ephs closed out the meet by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay. 

The Lord Jeffs will head to Florida next week for their annual training trip and will not return to action until they host Hamilton College on Jan. 22.