Men’s Swim & Dive Finish Third Overall in the 2019 NESCAC Championship

Men’s Swim & Dive Finish Third Overall in the 2019 NESCAC Championship

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The final day of the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship concluded as the Amherst men's swimming and diving team saw seven top-finishers including the team of Jack Koravos '20, Eric Wong '20, Charles Seltzer '19, and Scott Romeyn '22 setting a NESCAC meet and pool record in the 400-yard freestyle relay to help the Mammoths notch third place for the second consecutive year with a score of 1,506 Sunday evening.

Koravos, Wong, Seltzer and Romeyn (3:00.29) swam 0.78 seconds faster than the closest opponent, Tufts, who finished in second with a time of 3:01.07. Bowdoin's team of Karl Sarier, Ted Mebust, Julian Abaldo, and Drew Macdonald took third with a time of 3:01.64.

Romeyn, who finished with six appearances in the top-three over the weekend, was selected as the 2019 NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Romeyn capped off his rookie season debut at the championship when he secured a time of 44.34 to mark second in the 100-yard freestyle. Tufts Roger Gu set a NESCAC meet and pool record with a time of 43.78 for first place while Karl Sarier of Bowdoin slid into third with a time of 44.63.

With seven on the final day of the championship, the Mammoths walk away with 20 top-three podium appearances on the weekend, including four first place finishes overall.

Craig Smith '20 notched his second individual finish at the championship when he placed second in the 200-yard backstroke to kick off the events for Amherst. With a time of 1:47.99, he took out Williams' Paul Leclerc by over a second but fell to the first place finisher, Kingsley Bowen, who set a pool record of 1:46.48.

Sean Mebust '20 swam for a time of 2:00.17 in the 200-yard breaststroke to take first place, his second on the championship and just fourth overall for the Amherst side. Chris Quinones '19 also secured a top finish when he claimed the third spot with a time of 2:04.08 while Bowdoin's Stephen Pastoriza took second (2:02.94) in the event.

First-year Tom Amsbry '22 and junior Bennett Fagan '20 swept two of the top-three spots in the 3-meter diving event to cap off the performances for the Mammoths on the weekend. Amsbry finished with a score of 477.40 to take second place while Fagan marked a score of 465.70 for third. Bowdoin's Mitchell Ryan claimed the top spot with a score of 498.35.

Amherst will have a few weeks to rest before they gear up for the NCAA Championships which begin on March 20th in Greensboro, North Carolina.