Amherst Swims Past Wesleyan, 171-109

Amherst Swims Past Wesleyan, 171-109

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Connor Sholtis '15 and Elijah Spiro '18 of the Amherst College men's swimming and diving team picked up three wins each Monday to help lead the Jeffs past Little Three rival Wesleyan, 171-109.

With its third straight dual-meet win, Amherst improves to 3-0 on the year, while keeping the Cardinals winless in 2014 (0-3).

Sholtis and Spiro won two individual events and were also members of the first-place 200-yard medley relay team consisting of Michael Rochford '15 and Tyler Hampton '15. The 200 MR squad touched the wall first with a time of 1:36.72

In individual races, Sholtis led the way in the 100 and 200 freestyles with times of 47.58 and 1:47.50, respectively. Spiro claimed two breaststroke events, the 50 and 100. In the 50, the first-year set a Wesleyan Natatorium collegiate dual-meet pool record with a mark of 27.14. He also finished first in the 100 with a time of 59.24. Adding to his win in the 200 MR, Hampton picked up an individual win in the 50 free as he placed in 21.83.

Sophomore Greg Han touched the wall in 4:10.18 to win the 400 individual medley. It was the fastest time in a collegiate dual-meet in the history of the 24-year old Wesleyan Natatorium.

Rounding out the top swimming performances on the day were wins from Brandon Brown '15, Matt Heise '16, Nick Lafky '17 and Sam Spurrell '18. Brown took first in the 100 back (55.42), Heise finished first in the 50 back (24.75), Lafky claimed the the 500 free (5:03.25) and Spurrell won the 100 fly (51.72).

The Jeffs only diver, junior Asher Lichtig, picked up another first-place finish for Amherst as he claimed the 3 meter dive with 282.60 points.

The Purple & White return to the pool Saturday, Dec. 6 and will head to Middlebury for a 1 p.m. meet.