Williams Hands Amherst First Setback, 157-86

Lichtig3 Contact: Matthew Hart

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Amherst College men's swimming and diving team saw its unbeaten record fall on Saturday as host Williams College cruised to a 157-86 win during the teams' annual dual meet. A year after soundly defeating their archrivals, the Lord Jeffs could not repeat their success, winning just one swimming event. 

The divers were a bright spot for Amherst, however, as Asher Lichtig '16 took home first place in both the one- and three-meter competitions with scores of 333.83 and 328.13, respectively. Mark Idleman '15 (311.10) beat out both Eph divers for second on the one-meter board, while Colin White '14 (325.13) finished just behind Lichtig in the three-meter event.

The day started in encouraging fashion for Amherst, as the 400-yard medley relay team touched the wall first in 3:28.88. The quartet of Conor Deveney '15, Connor Beaulieu '14, Sam Stewart '16 and Tyler Hampton '15 would be the only winners in the pool for the Jeffs, however, as Williams dominated the remainder of the meet.

Amherst's closest challenges came in the form of four second-place finishes, beginning with the 50-yard freestyle, where Williams' Daeus Jorento (21.40) barely edged Stewart (21.42). Tyler Bulakul '14 came nearly as close to a victory in the 200-yard butterfly, his time of 1:54.00 just .06 seconds short of the Williams' Thad Ricotta. 

Later, Deveney also reached the wall second, finishing the 200-yard backstroke in 1:53.85, well behind the Ephs' David Taylor (1:52.71). Amherst's final runner-up performance came in the 400-yard freestyle relay, where Nick Egan '14, Jeff Anderson '16, Bulakul and Connor Sholtis '15 finished in 3:08.66, just under three seconds behind Williams' top foursome.

After a weekend off, the Jeffs will return to the water on Saturday, Jan. 19, hosting Hamilton in a 2 p.m. dual meet.