Spurrell Earns 8th Place in 200 Butterfly to Lead Amherst on Day 3 of NCAAs

Spurrell Earns 8th Place in 200 Butterfly to Lead Amherst on Day 3 of NCAAs

SHENANDOAH, Texas – Sam Spurrell '18 touched the wall in 1:49.74 in the 200-yard butterfly to capture 11 points for the Purple & White and lead day three action at the NCAA Championships as the Amherst College men's swimming & diving team finished the day 24th overall. 


  • In the 200-yard butterfly preliminaries, Sam Spurrell '18 logged a time of 1:48.56, two seconds faster than his 1:50.68 seed mark, to record sixth overall in the 32-competitor event and earn a spot in the 8-man finals. In the finals, Spurrell posted a time of 1:49.74 to finish eighth overall and capture 11 points for Amherst. 
  • Competing in the 800-yard freestyle relay, the NESCAC Champion quartet of Charlie Seltzer '19, Eric Wong '20, Jack Koravos '20 and Connor Haley '17 improved on their seed time of 6:44.82 by more than two seconds to clock a time of 6:42.26 and finishing 4th overall in the 12-team event. First off the block, Seltzer recorded a mark of 1:38.69, while Wong and Koravos followed with times of 1:40.16 and 1:41.29, respectively. Haley anchored the relay with a 1:42.12 mark.
  • Elijah Spiro '18 and Sean Mebust '20 finished within one swimmer of another in the 100-yard breaststroke, with Spiro posting a 30.80 split to touch the wall in 56.79 and claim 27th overall. Mebust placed 29th in the event with a time of 56.88 (30.49 split).


  • Amherst returns to the pool to close out the 2016-17 season and NCAA Championship action tomorrow, March 18 with the fourth and final day of the national meet. Event preliminaries are slated to begin at 10 a.m. followed by the finals at 6 p.m.