Mammoths Claim Season Opener Against Colby College

Mammoths Claim Season Opener Against Colby College

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst men's swim & dive team opened their 2018-19 slate with a win over Colby College after securing 11 first place finishes in dual-meet action Saturday afternoon at Pratt Pool.

After 16 events, the Mammoths took down the Mules by a final score of 165-123.

Amherst returns to action on Monday when they travel to Wesleyan University to battle the Cardinals, beginning at 5:00 PM.

MEET HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amherst took the top two spots in the opening event with Craig Smith '20, Christopher Quinones '19, Tristan So '21 and Scott Romeyn '22 recording a time of 1:34.82 in the 200 yard medley relay.
  • Eric Wong '20 and Kou Li '21 went back-to-back as they snatched the top two spots with times of 1:43.53 and 1:43.67 respectively.
  • Craig Smith continued his strong showing with a first place finish in the 100 yard backstroke, marking times of 25.51 and 26.80 for a combined 52.31 on the event.
  • Gary Sun '22 and Joshua Chen '19 followed up Smith's performance by holding the top-two spots in the 100 yard breaststroke with times of 58.74 and 59.01.
  • First-year Austin Lee continued Amherst's strong showing by winning the 200 yard butterfly (1:56.23), clipping Colby's Darrel Choi by just over a second.
  • In the 50 yard freestyle, Romeyn took first with a time of 21.29 while So followed right behind him with a time of 21.40 seconds.
  • In the first diving event of the meet, Amherst posted first and second with Bennett Fagan '20 leading the way for the Mammoths, scoring 246.68 for the first place finish.
  • Senior Charlie Seltzer '19 competed in the 100 yard freestyle, marking a first lap time of 23.31 to finish with a final time of 48.36.
  • Smith led the way for the Mammoths for the third time when he timed in at 1:53.36 in the 200 yard backstroke.
  • Sean Mebust '20 recorded a time of 2:09.55 in the 200 yard breaststroke to place first, beating out Colby's Max Babej by two seconds.
  • Wong led the pack for a majority of the 500 yard freestyle, finishing first with a time of 4:46.43. Li backed him up by securing second place with two seconds added to his time (4:48.31).
  • In the last three events, the Mammoths were only able to grab fourth place finishes in each.