HADLEY, Mass. – The nationally 13th-ranked Amherst College men's swimming & diving ream is set to head to Bowdoin College for the three-day 2018 NESCAC Championships this Friday-Sunday, Feb. 23-25 at the LeRoy Greason Pool.
The Mammoths enter the weekend looking to capture the program's first-ever NESCAC title and thwart archrival Williams from securing its 16th consecutive conference crown after finishing as the runner-up at the league meet a season ago. Amherst, owning a 7-1 dual meet record, collected head-to-head wins over Colby, Wesleyan, Middlebury, Union, Williams, Connecticut College and Springfield during the winter.
Competition will get underway each day with preliminary heats at 10 a.m. Finals will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $8 per session for adults and $3 per session for children and students. Doors will open 60 minutes prior to the preliminaries and finals. No pre-sale tickets will be available, as all tickets will be sold at the door. Live webcasts and results from the NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will be available throughout the weekend at NESCAC.com, as well as through Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV (search for NESCAC).
Last season, the Ephs won the NESCAC Championship with a team score of 1,671 points, while Amherst was the runner-up with 1,402 points and Tufts (1,391) followed in third place. Connecticut College (1,331) and Bates (997.5) rounded out the top five teams. Bowdoin placed sixth (856), ahead of Trinity (617), Middlebury (576.6) and Wesleyan (469). Colby (462) and Hamilton (332) rounded out the standings.