AMHERST, Mass. – Sweeping both diving events at the 2020 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship, Bennett Fagan '20 earned the NESCAC 4-Year High Point Diver Award and Diver of the Year accolade, while Kai Robinson was named the NESCAC Diving Coach of the Year following Amherst men's swimming and diving's third place finish at the league tournament.
Fagan is the first Amherst diver to earn both honors since Asher Lichtig in 2016 and is the fifth Mammoth overall to garner the 4-Year High Point Diver and the NESCAC Diver of the Year. The 2020 meet marks the eighth time both honors were awarded to the same diver.
Robinson is the NESCAC Diving Coach of the Year for the first time in his career and is just the third Amherst diving coach to earn the honor. Robinson was also named the NESCAC Women's Diving Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year last week.
The top-three finishers in each of the events on Championship weekend received All-Conference distinction.
Opening with a second place finish in the 800 freestyle relay, Adi Arifovic '21, Tristan So '21, Kou Li '21, and Eric Wong '20 earned All-NESCAC honors, while So captured his second league nod as a part of the 200 freestyle relay team. Li also contributed to the third place 200 medley relay team, while Wong played key roles in the 200 freestyle relay as well as the second place 400 freestyle relay team.
Jack Koravos '20 received five all-conference nods with three coming from the 200 freestyle relay (3rd place), 400 medley relay (2nd place), and the 400 freestyle relay (2nd place). Koravos also notched two individual top-three finishes, tying for second in the 50 butterfly and claiming third in the 100 butterfly.
With six top-three finishes, Scott Romeyn '22 earns All-NESCAC for the second consecutive season. Contributing to the 200 freestyle relay (3rd place), 400 medley relay (2nd place), 200 medley relay (3rd place), and the 400 freestyle relay (2nd place), Romeyn also finished second in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle to cement his spot as an All-NESCAC selection.
Like Romeyn, Sean Mebust '20 also tallied six top-three finishes. Aside from the relay competitions(400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay), Mebust took third in the 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke, before a second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke capped off his weekend with six nods.
Tom Amsbry '22 landed inside the top-three for both diving events. Finishing second in the 1-meter competition on day two, Amsbry concluded his showing in the league tournament with a third place score on the 3-meter board to earn his second-straight All-NESCAC selection.
Craig Smith '20 rounds out the accolades with his fourth consecutive All-NESCAC honor with two nods as the first came from the second place 400 medley relay team, before he became a NESCAC Champion in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:47.63.
Tallying 1,386.5 points and three NESCAC Champions, Amherst concluded the league tournament with 17 top-three performances.