AMHERST, Mass. – Setting four pool records in their first Pride meet in program history, Amherst men's swimming and diving cruised past Middlebury College in their home opener, winning 163-112 on Saturday afternoon at Pratt Pool.
Amherst clinches their fourth-straight win, improving to 4-0 while handing Middlebury their first loss on the season (2-1). As of 2007, the Mammoths have never bowed to the Panthers, making today's win the 14th consecutive victory for Amherst swimming and diving.
Today's matchup featured the programs first Pride meet, helping support student-athletes and coaches of all sexual orientations. The meet was co-sponsored by the Queer Resource Center, Amherst Athletics, and Amherst swimming and diving. The goal of today's event was to promote the inclusion of LGBTQ athletes and coaches to celebrate them for the outstanding people that they are. Amherst swimming and diving is proud to support all of its members, welcoming all sexual orientations and gender identities.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In the first event on the day, Kevin Ma '23, Sean Mebust '23, Jack Koravos '20, and Scott Romeyn '22 set a new pool record. Touching the wall in 1:31.49, the quartet beat the old record by over a second and a half (1:33.00).
- Peter Baird '22 took the 1000 freestyle by storm, beating the nearest finisher by over 22 seconds with a time of 10:00.11.
- Tristan So '21 made it three consecutive event wins for the Mammoths after posting a time of 1:43.26 in the 200 freestyle.
- Craig Smith '20 cruised past the field in the 100 backstroke (51.03) before Mebust led the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.82.
- All three of the top spots in the 200 butterfly were Amherst as Austin Lee '22 finished at #1 with a time of 1:57.73.
- Before the first diving event, Romeyn was able to secure another win for the home side in the 50 freestyle.
- Bennett Fagan '20 and Tom Amsbry '22 moved through the diving events with ease. Fagan's first place finish in the 3-meter diving (282.82) and 312.74 mark on the 1-meter board was enough to qualify him for NCAA Regionals in both events. Amsbry also qualified in the 1-meter diving with a score of 267.82.
- Romeyn notched his second individual win on the day in event 18, winning the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.88 seconds before the crowd saw two pool records in sequential form.
- Smith set the pool record in the 200 backstroke, knocking off his own previous record (1:52.19) with a time of 1:50.65.
- Following up Smith's strong performance, Mebust also beat his own previous record in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.92) with a B-cut qualification time of 2:04.41.
- From event 24 and on, the meet turned to exhibition with the Amherst times counting towards rankings and qualifications, but not towards the overall score. Eric Wong '20, Koravos, and Brandon Wang '20 posted winning times in the final events.
- Capping off the day in style, the 400 freestyle relay team of So, Mebust, Wong, and Romeyn set a new pool record. Touching the wall in 3:05.11, the Mammoths beat the old record by nearly two full seconds (3:07.01) to rewrite the record books in their favor.
Amherst will host their second meet on the 2019-20 tab when they face Williams in a 4:00 PM bout on January 11th. The Panthers will compete on the same day in their next outing, facing off against Colby College at 1:00 PM.