HADLEY, Mass. – The Amherst College men's swimming and diving team placed nine student-athletes on the All-NESCAC team after capturing second overall at the 2017 NESCAC Championships, as announced by the league office Tuesday.
The second place finish, highlighted by six event wins, marks the ninth time in program history, and sixth time in the past seven years, that the Purple & White were just edged out for the league crown.
Elijah Spiro '18, Eric Wong '20, Connor Haley '17, Jack Koravos '20, Sean Mebust '20 were the individual event All-Conference selections for Amherst, while Craig Smith '20, Sam Spurrell '18, Alex Dreisbach '17 and Charles Seltzer '19 earned nods as part of Purple & White relay teams. The top-three performers in each of the 24 total events at the Championship garnered the accolade.
Spiro secured All-NESCAC honors behind dominate swims in breaststroke competition, touching the wall first overall with a pool record time of 24.95 in the 50-yard event and first overall in the 100-yard with a NCAA 'B' cut time of 55.23.
Snagging the Purple & White a clean sweep in the breaststroke, Mebust logged a first place finish in the third and final breaststroke event of the meet, winning the individual title in the 200-yard race with a NCAA 'B' cut time of 2:00.36.
In the 500-yard freestyle race, Wong and Haley finished back-to-back to place first and second overall. Taking gold, Wong recorded a time of 4:33.15 – good for a NCAA 'B' cut mark – while Haley posted a mark of 4:34.84.
Koravos rounded out Amherst's top-three performances in individual events, swimming to a NCAA 'B' cut time of 20.66 in the 50-yard freestyle to finish in second and battling to a mark of 48.89 (NCAA 'B' cut) in the 100-yard butterfly to take the bronze.
In the relays, the Purple & White placed squads in the top-three in three of the five events, including two first place finishes.
The 400-yard medley relay combination of Smith, Mebust, Spurrell and Dreisbach notched third overall with a NCAA 'B' cut time of 3:20.41.
Setting a pool record in the 200-yard medley relay, Spurrell, Spiro, Koravos and Dreisbach glided to a first place finish with an impressive 1:30.12 mark.
In arguably one of the most exciting races of the meet, the quartet of Koravos, Wong, Haley and Seltzer improved upon their seed time by 14 seconds and edged out Tufts by .01 to take gold in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 6:44.83 (NCAA 'B' cut).
Qualifying Amherst swimmers return to action on Wednesday, March 15 when they compete at the four-day NCAA Division III Championship in Shenandoah, Texas.