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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Breaking several records, the Amherst men's swimming and diving team found itself atop the leader-board after the first day of competition at the 2013 NESCAC Championships with 686 points.
Notching victories in three of the evening's nine events, the Jeffs hold a slim eight point margin over 11-time champion Williams (678), with Middlebury (390.5), Connecticut College (381.5) and Tufts (366) following suit in the top five. Bates (319), Bowdoin (288.5) and Hamilton (228) sit sixth through eighth, with host Wesleyan (212.5), Colby (194) and Trinity (129) rounding out the top-10.
Having a big day on the boards, Colin White '14 set both a program and championship record in the 1-meter dive with a score of 542.00. Beating out defending national champion Johann Schmidt '14 of Tufts, White also set a new conference benchmark with his performance. Asher Lichtig '16 placed third with an NCAA 'B' cut score of 478.35, while Mark Idleman '15 came in fifth (461.40).
Enjoying a stellar first day, Sam Stewart '16 posted a pair of runner-up showings in the 50 fly and 50 free, while also helping the 200-yard FR to a second-place finish and the 400 MR to a record-breaking effort. The Jeffs' lone entrant in the top eight, Stewart touched in with a school record time of 21.98 in the 50 fly before clocking in at 21.00 in the 50 free.
Joining Tyler Hampton '15, Conor Deveney '15 and Connor Sholtis '15 on the 200 FR, Stewart helped Amherst to an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:23.16. Closing out the night alongside Deveney, Sholtis and Tom Zhang '16, Amherst's 400 MR set new pool and meet records with an NCAA 'A' cut time of 3:19.56.
Also excelling in the 50 back, Deveney joined teammate Matt Heise '16 atop the podium with a time of 23.68. Aron Reynolds '14 and Brandon Brown '15 ensured Amherst was well represented in the scoring ranks, coming in sixth (23.98) and seventh (24.24), respectively.
Led by junior Parker Moody's third-place finish (4:33.46), the Jeffs also put four swimmers in the top eight of the 500 free, with Nick Egan '14, Conor McAuliffe '14 and Ben Grimes '15 placing fourth (4:35.14), fifth (4:35.35) and seventh (4:38.27), respectively. Michael Rochford '15 and Jeff Anderson '16 capped off a solid opening day by turning in the fourth (1:53.31) and fifth (1.53.61) fastest times in the 200 IM.
AMHERST COLLEGE DAY ONE RESULTS (Only listed if top 8)
* NCAA 'A' Cut
^ NCAA 'B' Cut
# Meet Record
% Pool Record
@ Amherst Record
& NESCAC Record
200-yard Freestyle Relay
Sam Stewart, Tyler Hampton, Conor Deveney, Connor Sholtis - 2nd (1:23.16) ^
Sam Stewart - 2nd (21.98) @
Parker Moody - 3rd (4:33.46) ^
Nick Egan - 4th (4:35.14) ^
Conor McAuliffe - 5th (4:35.35) ^
Ben Grimes - 7th (4:38.27)
Matt Heise - 1st (23.68)
Conor Deveney - 1st (23.68)
Aron Reynolds - 6th (23.98)
Brandon Brown - 7th (24.24)
200-yard Individual Medley
Michael Rochford - 4th (1:53.31) ^
Jeff Anderson - 5th (1:53.61) ^
Sam Stewart - 2nd (21.00)
Tyler Hampton - 8th (21.28)
Colin White - 1st (542.00) #@&
Asher Lichtig - 3rd (478.35) ^
Mark Idleman - 5th (461.40) ^
400-yard Medley Relay
Conor Deveney, Tom Zhang, Sam Stewart, Connor Sholtis - 1st (3:19.56)