AMHERST, Mass. – Recording a dual meet record of 6-2 during the regular season, No. 12 Amherst College men's swimming & diving team heads to the 2020 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships looking to land inside the top-three for the fourth straight season after clinching third overall last winter with 1506 points.
Still in search of the program's first NESCAC team title, the Mammoths will head to Samuelson-Muir Pool on the campus of Williams College this Thursday, February 20 to kick off the 11-team, four-day meet.
The Mammoths return to the NESCAC meet defending four titles (50 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 400 yard free relay, 50 fly).
Led by senior captain Sean Mebust who claimed gold in the 50 and 200 yard breaststroke in 2019, the Cooperstown, N.Y. native enters the weekend looking to clinch a four-peat as the 200 yard breaststroke individual champion after taking the top spot in 2017 (2:00.36), 2018 (2:00.60) and 2019 (2:00.17). He currently leads the field with the fastest times this season in the 50 breaststroke (26.10) and 200 breaststroke (2:03.93) and will look to make his mark in the 100 breaststroke as the No. 2 seed in the event.
The 2019 NESCAC Rookie of the Year and last winter's runner-up in the 50 freestyle, sophomore Scott Romeyn posted the second fastest time in the event during the season and is positioned once again to crack the top-three in the race, while first-year Kevin Ma arrives at his first conference meet as the No. 3 seed in the 50 backstroke with a 23.33 mark.
Logging a second place finish a year ago in the 100 backstroke, Craig Smith '20 is once again seeded inside the top three (50.65) entering the weekend and is looking to make waves, while Jack Koravos '20 is primed to defend his title in the 50 fly and holds the best mark (22.90) in the event across all NESCAC institutions so far this winter.
With the graduation of last season's gold medalists, a new diving champion will be crowned on both boards as senior Bennett Fagan and sophomore Tom Amsbry look to fill the void. Fagan finished 2019 as the runner-up on the 1-meter and third place finisher on the 3-meter, while Amsbry took silver on the 3-meter board in his rookie debut.
In the relays, Amherst will look to dethrone Tufts' who took the top spot in three of the five races in 2019. Last-season's runner-up in the 200 free relay, the Mammoths' are once again seeded No. 2 entering the weekend, while the 400 free relay is sure to be a can't miss event as Amherst looks to defend their title and has posted the second-fastest time this season (3:04.82) behind 2018 champion Tufts (3:03.56).
The four-day league meet kicks off this Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:00PM with the 800 yard freestyle relay before three full days of action. Competition Friday-Sunday, Feb. 21-23 begins at 10:00AM each day with trial heats followed by the finals beginning at 6:00PM, 5:50PM and 5:30PM, respectively.
Opening 60 minutes prior to each session (time trials and finals), tickets for this weekend's meet will be sold at the door. General admission tickets are limited and cost $8 per session for adults and $3 per session for children and students. All-session passes cost $45 and will only be available via each team's Ticket Coordinator (Nick Nichols - firstname.lastname@example.org / (413) 687-5298).
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Williams won the NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships for the 17th time in 19 years. The Ephs won eight individual events and one relay to total 1,822 points. Tufts was the NESCAC Runner-up with 1,775.5 points. Amherst (1,506 points), Bowdoin (1,019.5 points), and Bates (878.5 points) rounded out the top five teams.
To check out a full breakdown of the championship field, click HERE for the full NESCAC preview.