MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Juniors Jack Koravos '20 and Sean Mebust '20 finished first in the 50-yard buttefly and the 50-yard breaststroke, respectively, as the Mammoths marked six top-three finishers on the second day of the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Swimming & Diving Championship at the Middlebury Natatorium.
The Mammoths had two first place finishes overall on the second day of the conference championships. Mebust clipped second place finisher Jack Melnick by 0.04 seconds to record a time of 25.54, winning the 50 yard breaststroke. Bates' Matthew Charest took third with a time of 25.83 seconds.
Koravos recorded the second top-finish on the day for the Mammoths when he took on the field in the 50 yard butterfly. Koravos set a pool record with a time of 22.19 seconds while Costantino Camerano of Tufts took second and Zeb Hart from Williams claimed third (22.24).
Due to the switch over to the new four-day format, the Mammoths opened their 2019 conference appearance with the 800 yard freestyle relay on Thursday evening. The team of Kou Li '21, Eric Wong '20, Tristan So '21, and Charlie Seltzer '19 placed second with a time of 6:41.63. Amherst clipped Tufts University by two seconds which made John Koster, Joseph Kim, Noah Cagley, and Tyler Tatro settle for third place (6:43.73). Williams headlined the event when they set a NESCAC record, NESCAC meet record, and a pool record with a time of 6:34.03 to win the opening event.
On day two of the conference championship, Scott Romeyn '22, Koravos, So and Wong posted a time of 1:22.60 in the 200 yard freestyle relay to mark second place in the event. Bowdoin's team of Ted Mebust, Michael O'Neal, Karl Sarier, and Julian Abaldo fell behind the Mammoths by 0.30 seconds to take third. Tufts' Constantino Camerano, JJ Batt, Lomax Turner, and Roger Gu set the NESCAC record, NESCAC meet record, and pool record for the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:21.21 for a first place finish.
Romeyn secured his first individual finish on the championship when he took second place in the 50 yard freestyle. Romeyn notched a time of 20.26 seconds to narrowly defeat Tufts Costantino Camerano by half a second. The Jumbos took the top spot when Roger Gu set a NESCAC record with a time of 19.89.
Bennett Fagan '20 was the final Mammoths to post a top three finish on the day when he took on the 1-meter board. Fagan fell short of claiming first place by 1.6 points, settling for second with a score of 464.30. Middlebury's Mike Chirico took third with a score of 445.90 while Mitchell Ryan of Bowdoin took first (465.90).
Day three of the 2019 NESCAC Championship will begin tomorrow at 10:00 AM with the preliminary swims in the following events:
400-yard Individual Medley
The 3-meter diving trials will begin at 2:00 PM while the finals commence at 5:50 PM starting with the senior ceremony. Amherst currently sits in third place with a score of 627 while Williams College holds first with a score of 767.