Williamstown, Mass. – The Amherst College men's swimming & diving team travels to archrival Williams College for the three-day NESCAC Championships beginning on Feb. 19. The Purple & White enter the meet looking to dethrone 15-time champion Williams and clinch its first-ever conference title after swimming to five consecutive second place finishes.
The preliminary heats will begin each day at 10 a.m. with the finals beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Adult tickets are $8 per session or $45 for an all-Championship pass, while tickets are $3 per session for children and students. Doors will open one and a half hours prior to the preliminaries and finals.
A live webcast and live results from the NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will be available at www.nescac.com.
The 16th-ranked Purple & White enter the three-day NESCAC Championships looking to capture its first-ever NESCAC crown after finishing the regular season with a 6-2 dual meet record, including a narrow 124-113 victory over the Ephs.
Amherst returns a host of swimmers from last year's NESCAC Championship meet, including a trio of seniors who are poised to make a splash in the postseason. Asher Lichtig '16 will aim to repeat as the 3-meter diving champion and challenge first-seeded Brandon Pearson of Wesleyan for the 1-meter title after posting dominating numbers throughout the dual meet season.
The 2013 50-yard backstroke champion Matt Heise '16 is slotted to compete for gold once again as his season best time of 24.38 has him holding the No. 3 seed entering the weekend after finishing ninth in the event a season ago.
After touching the wall onlysl behind Williams grad Timothy Lattimer in the 200-yard IM and the 400-yard IM at last year's Championships, Jeff Anderson '16 is once again ready to make a run at the crown. His season best times of 1:55.30 in the 200 IM and 4:09.49 in the 400 IM positions him in second seed and third seed, respectively, prior to the weekend. Anderson is also slated as the top seed in the 200-yard butterfly with a mark of 1:51.67. He took second in the event last year behind Thad Ricotta.
Juniors Greg Han and Alex Dreisbach sweep the seeding in their respective events, with Han holding the top spot in the 200-yard IM (1:54.71) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:05.50) and Dreisbach earning the number one seed in the 50-yard freestyle (21.41). Han finished sixth in the 200 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 IM a season ago, while Dreisbach placed 11th overall in the 50 freestyle.
Earning third and fourth in the 50-yard and 100-yard breaststroke, respectively, in last year's postseason meet, Elijah Spiro '18 is poised for a breakout sophomore effort. Spiro is seeded first in both the 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke with times of 26.21 and 57.46.
First-year Josh Chen '19 will aim to finish his rookie campaign strong after earning number three seeds in both the 50-yard breaststroke (26.79) and the 100-yard breaststroke (58.15).