Men's Swimming & Diving Cruises Past Middlebury

Rochford4 Contact: Ben Badua

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -The Jeffs came away with wins in all but two events as the Amherst men's swimming and diving team cruised to a 208-86 victory over NESCAC rival Middlebury College.

Setting the tone on Amherst's first-place 200-yard medley relay team (1:36.77), Matt Heise '16 came away with a pair of victories including the top honor in the 200 butterfly (1:58.02). Asher Lichtig '16 also put forth a pair of strong showings, placing first in both the 1-meter (291.83) and 3-meter (276.45) dives.

After securing the victory in the 200 MR, Amherst posted four of the top five times in the 1000 free led by Ben Grimes '15, who clocked in nearly 14 seconds ahead of his closest competitor with a time of 10:03.48. The Jeffs continued to dominate in the 200 free, with Rishi Kowalski '16 (1:46.68), Parker Moody '14 (1:46.92) and Vic Sun '16 (1:47.96) taking the top three slots.

Middlebury's Carter Pribis '16 recorded one of two Panther wins on the afternoon with a triumph in the 100 back (54.38), but Amherst responded in the 100 breast, with Jeff Anderson '16 (1:00.20) and Connor Beaulieu '14 (1:01.03), finishing first and third, respectively. After Heise won the 200 fly, Sam Stewart '16 led the visitors to another victory with a 21.59 showing in the 50 free.

Litchtig then recorded the high mark in the 1-meter event before Connor Sholtis '15 (47.51) and Tyler Hampton '15 (48.83) finished one-two in the 100 free. Michael Rochford '15 was the lone Jeff in the top four of the 200 back, posting a first-place time of 1:59.25, while Stephan Koenigsberger '16 posted the fastest time in the breaststroke (2:13.70).

Nick Egan '14 led an all-Amherst top five in the 500 free, clocking in at 4:49.39, while Stewart won the 100 fly (50:16). Litchtig followed up on a big day with a win in the 3-meter, while Tyler Bulakul '14, Rochford and Heise came in 1-2-3 in the 200 IM. Egan, Moody, Sun and Sholtis closed out the meet with a Jeff victory in the 400 freestyle relay (3:13.35). 

Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 5 against Union.