Kowalski Leads Jeffs at Middlebury

Kowalski Contact: Ben Badua

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Rishi Kowalski '16 won three events as the Amherst men's swimming and diving team prepared for championship season with a solid showing at the Middlebury Invitational.

Posting the fastest time in the 200 IM (1:56.13), the first-year also placed first in the 100 back (51.87), before joining teammates Tyler Bulakul '14, Tom Zhang '16 and Nick Egan '14 on Amherst's top-ranked 400 medley relay (3:32.04).

Bulakul also finished second in the 200 free (1:45.04), while Zhang turned in a third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.39). Egan helped Amherst's 400 free relay team to a first-place finish (3:10.79), while Bulakul joined Sam Cagenello '15, Conor McAuliffe '14 and Vic Sun '16 on the Invitational's fastest 800 free relay squad (7:09.83).

Connor Sholtis '15, who swam in the 400 free relay with Egan, took first in the 100 free (46.96), while Daniel Schwab '13 came in second in the 200 back with a time of 1:55.76. Sam Stewart '16 also had a strong weekend, winning the 100 fly (50.48), while placing second in the 50 free (21.74). Matt Heise '16, who finished as the runner-up to Stewart in the 100 fly, won the 200-yard event (1:55.93), while taking third in the 100 back (53.11).

Amherst's divers once again enjoyed a big day on the boards, with Colin White '14 (489.95), Asher Lichtig '16 (486.05) and Mark Idleman '15 (483.65) coming in one-two-three in the 1-meter dive. Lichtig also excelled in the 3-meter, placing second with a score of 490.60, while White came in third (484.55).

The Jeffs return to action at Springfield on Sunday, Feb. 3.