Jeffs Finish Second at NESCAC Championships

Jeffs Finish Second at NESCAC Championships



MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Amherst College men's swimming and diving team won three events in the third and final day of action at the 2015 NESCAC Championships Sunday at the Middlebury College Natatorium, as the Jeffs finished as runner-up for the fifth consecutive season.

Amherst placed second after all three days and finished with 1579 points. Williams won its 14th title and 13th in a row with 2066.5 points. Rounding out the top-five were Conn. College (1323), Tufts (1086) and Bates (969) in third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Jeffs claimed three titles Sunday in the 100-yard freestyle, 3-meter dive and 400-yard freestyle relay. Connor Sholtis '15 earned his third championship crown of the tournament as he swept the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyles. Today, the senior claimed the 100 free with a NCAA 'B' cut time of 44.63, while three other Jeffs finished within the top-eight in the event. Tyler Hampton '15, Alex Dreisbach '17 and Keegan Simmons '17 took third, fifth and eighth, respectively, with times of 45.81, 46.34 and 46.85.

Asher Lichtig '16 concluded a terrific championship run and claimed the 3-meter dive with a pool record and NCAA 'B' cut mark of 515.20. In day one action, the junior took third in the 1-meter dive with a NCAA 'B' cut score of 472.10. The 400 relay squad consisting of Hampton, Dreisbach, Jeff Anderson '16 and Sholtis, won the title with another pool record and NCAA 'B' cut mark as the quartet touched the wall in 3:01.79.

Overall, Amherst recorded 12 NCAA 'B' cut times including three each in the 1650-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly events. In the 1650 free, Ben Grimes '15 paced the Purple & White with a second-place finish in 15:56.60, while John Brody '17 and Connor Haley '17 finished shortly after. Brody took fourth with a time of 16:05.62 and Haley claimed fifth in 16:05.92.

In the 200 fly, Amherst took second, third and sixth overall. Anderson led the way, claiming second in 1:49.22, while first-years Sam Spurrell and John Janezich took third (1:50.24) and sixth (1:52.00), respectively.

Rounding out the top performances on the day were Michael Rochford '15 and Matt Heise '16 in the 200-yard backstroke, and Greg Han '17 in the 200-yard breaststroke. Rochford finished fourth in the 200 back with a time of 1:49.47, while Heise claimed seventh in 1:49.71. Han took sixth overall in the 200 breast by touching the wall in 2:04.53. All three times were NCAA 'B' cut marks.

Amherst returns to the pool next weekend for the two-day NCAA Regionals beginning Friday, Feb. 27.


* NCAA 'A' Cut
^ NCAA 'B' Cut
# Meet Record
% Pool Record
@ Amherst Record

1650-yard Freestyle
Ben Grimes – 2nd (15:56.60)*
John Brody – 4th (16:05.62)*
Connor Haley – 5th (16:05.92)*

200-yard Backstroke
Michael Rochford – 4th (1:49.47)*
Matt Heise – 7th (1:49.71)*

100-yard Freestyle
Connor Sholtis – 1st (44.63)*
Tyler Hampton – 3rd (45.81)
Alex Dreisbach – 5th (46.34)
Keegan Simmons – 8th (46.85)

200-yard Breaststroke
Greg Han – 6th (2:04.53)*

200-yard Butterfly
Jeff Anderson – 2nd (1:49.22)*
Sam Spurrell – 3rd (1:50.24)*
John Janezich – 6th (1:52.00)*

3-meter Diving
Asher Lichtig - 1st (515.20)*%

400-yard Freestyle Relay
Tyler Hampton, Alex Dreisbach, Jeff Anderson, Connor Sholtis - 1st (3:01.79)*%