AMHERST, Mass. - First-year swimmer Sam Spurrell grabbed three first-place finishes to help lead the Amherst College men's swimming & diving team past NESCAC rival Colby Saturday afternoon in Pratt Pool, 168-111.
The Jeffs open the 2014-15 campaign with a 2-0 dual-meet record following the win.
Spurrell was a member of two relay winning teams and also claimed the 200-yard butterfly. Joining Matt Heise '16, Elijah Spiro '18 and Connor Sholtis '15 in the 200 medley relay, the quartet surpassed the field with a time of 1:35.99. He picked up another relay win as the anchor of the 400 free relay alongside Vic Sun '16, Tyler Hampton '15 and Jeff Anderson '16, as they finished four seconds ahead of the second-place team with a mark of 3:15.30. Individually, Spurrell took home the 200 fly title in 1:55.79. He finished almost four seconds ahead of the pack.
Leading the way for Amherst with two individual wins was sophomore Connor Haley. Haley finished well ahead of the field in the 1000 free with a mark of 9:45.85, and also took the 200 backstroke in 2:05.25.
In addition to their win in the 200 MR, Sholtis finished first in the 50 free with a mark of 21.67, Heise grabbed a win the 100 back with a time of 52.91, and Spiro earned a victory in the 100 breaststroke by touching the wall in 59.20. Anderson added to his first-place relay finish as well, taking home the 200 free in 1:47.41.
Rounding out the top performances on the day for Amherst were Greg Han '17 and Asher Lichtig '16. Han edged teammate Michael Rochford '15 in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:58.50. Rochford finished second in 1:59.52. Lichtig, the team's only diver, won the 1-meter dive with a NCAA "B" cut mark of 278.62 points.
The Jeffs return to the pool Monday, Nov. 24 and will head to Little Three rival Wesleyan for a 5 p.m. meet.