AMHERST, Mass. – Returning eight All-NESCAC selections from a year ago, the 2017-2018 Amherst College men's swimming & diving team will once again look to vie for a conference crown under the leadership of head coach Nick Nichols who enters his 20th season at the helm of the program. Finishing last winter 6-2 in dual-meet action, the Mammoths aim to build on the successes of last year's squad that secured second overall at the NESCAC Championships and 20th overall at the NCAA Division III Championship.
MEET THE SENIORS
Elijah Spiro '18 (Breast) and Sam Spurrell '18 (Fly) headline a talented senior class, with Spiro clinching All-NESCAC honors in both the 50 and 100 yard breaststroke last season after taking gold in both events in a pool record time of 24.95 and a time of 55.23, respectively. Specializing in fly events, Spurrell was the lone swimmer to land on the All-America First Team for Amherst last winter, with the senior securing the national accolade with an 8th place finish in the 200-yard butterfly with a mark of 1:49.74 at NCAAs.
Nathan Ives '18 (Distance, Free) and John Janezich '18 (Free, Fly) add experienced depth to this years squad, while Jake Meyer '18 (Diving) is set to play a crucial part on the score sheet in the 1 meter and 3 meter dive events.
The 2016-17 200-yard breaststroke (2:00.36) NESCAC champion, Sean Mebust '20 (Sprint Free, Breast) is poised for a breakout season following a stellar rookie campaign that saw the sophomore also earn honorable mention All-America status in the same event after clocking a time of 2:01.96 to place 12th overall in the consolation finals at the national meet.
Finishing second overall in the 50-yard freestyle (20.66) and third overall in the 100-yard butterfly (48.89) to earn All-NESCAC honors in both races, Jack Koravos '20 (Sprint Free, Fly) looks to cement himself as a consistent contributor across multiple strokes, while
Eric Wong '20 (Distance, Free) enters the winter as the reigning 500-yard freestyle (4:33.15) conference champion after earning gold at the league meet a season ago.
Juniors Josh Chen '19 (Breast, Free), Jack Fergus '20 (Back, Free), Justin Lee '19 (Breast), Chris Quinones '19 (Breast, Free) and Charles Seltzer '19 (Back, Free) all possess the ability to make significant strides this season for the Mammoth, while sophomores Brandon Wang '20 (Back, I.M.), Noah Aube '20 (Free), Craig Smith '20 (Free, Back, Fly) round out Amherst's returners, with the trio primed for solid campaigns in the pool.
Six first-years join Amherst's 18 returners, with Adi Arifovic '21 (I.M., Distance), Ang Li '21 (Backstroke, Free), Bobby Meyer '21 (Free), Matt Sanders '21 (Free, Fly), Tristan So '21 (Free, Fly) and Flanagan Waldherr '21 (Distance, Free) all looking to make an immediate positive impact for the Mammoths.
Joining Meyer as a diving veteran for the Mammoths in Bobby Shogren '19 who took 14th at NESCACs a season ago, while newcomer Bennett Fagan '21 is positioned for immediate success for Amherst in the diving board.
Not yet a member of the Friends of Amherst Men's Swimming & Diving for the 2017-18 year? Become a first-time member of or renew your membership in the FAA and support Coach Nichols and the men's swim & dive program. Make a gift ahead of the team's first meet of the season on Saturday, November 18 at Colby. Go Mammoths!