MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Williams College, winners of 14 consecutive conference titles, leads after day one action at the 2017 NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, hosted by Wesleyan University.
The Ephs sit atop the leaderboard with 643 points, followed by Amherst College in second with 547 points and Tufts University in third with 542. Connecticut College and Bates College round out the top-five with 499.5 and 333.5 points, respectively.
Williams won three events on day one, as Benjamin Lin led the way. Lin, the NESCAC and meet record holder in the 50-yard backstroke, set a Wesleyan Natatorium pool record Friday night with a time of 21.91 to claim the event. He was also a member of the Ephs' 400-yard medley relay team that closed out the day with another pool record performance as they finished first in 3:18.20. The team consisted of Lin, Jack Melnick, Timothy Kostolansky and Grant Johnson. Kostolansky also picked up an individual win earlier in the night as he claimed the 50-yard butterfly in 22.06.
Sitting in second place, Amherst took home two events on Friday. Elijah Spiro highlighted the day for the Purple & White as he set a pool record in the 50-yard breaststroke by touching the wall in 24.95. Amherst also claimed the top-two spots in the 500 free as Eric Wong registered a NCAA 'B' qualifying mark of 4:33.15 to take first, and Connor Haley claimed second in 4:34.84.
In the first finals event of the night, Connecticut College claimed the 200 free relay as its 'A' team consisting of George Tilneac, Drake Freiberg, Michael Fothergill and Niko Brosnihan set a NESCAC, meet, and pool record with a time of 1:21.35. Additionally, Fothergill took home the 50 free championship with a NCAA 'B' qualifying mark of 20.48, while Jack Koravos of Amherst finished second with a NCAA 'B' qualifying time of 20.66.
Rounding out the top highlights of the night was a NESCAC Championship meet record performance in the 200 individual medley as Karl Sarier of Bowdoin won the event in 1:49.73, and Matthew Rohrer of Tufts won the lone diving event as he took home first in the 1 meter with a NCAA 'B' qualifying mark of 515.60 points.
Day two of the NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships continues tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 18 with prelims beginning at 10 a.m. followed by finals starting at 5:50 p.m. Follow all of the action live at NESCAC.com.