Williams Maintains Lead at NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships

Williams Maintains Lead at NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships

Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information

Team Standings | Event Winners | Day 2 Results

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.
 - Williams College increased its lead in the team standings following day two of the 2015 New England Small College Athletic Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday at the Middlebury College Natatorium.

The defending champion Ephs (1,461.5 points) will enter the final day with a commanding lead over second-place Amherst (1,080 points). Connecticut College sits in third place with 1,019 points, while Bates (752) and Tufts (745) round out the top-five spots following two days of competition.

Of the eight finals contested on Saturday evening, the Ephs were victorious in all but one. In the 200 medley relay, the team of Benjamin Lin, Jake Tamposi, Thad Ricotta and Alex McCarter posted the top time of 1:29.05, a NESCAC, meet and pool record as well as an NCAA 'B' cut time. Christian Gronbeck repeated as the champion in the 1,000 freestyle with NESCAC, meet and pool record time of 9:13.18.

Timothy Lattimer repeated as the 400 individual medley conference champion with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 3:55.07, while Thad Ricotta, who was victorious in Friday’s 500 freestyle, picked up his second individual championship in the 100 butterfly with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 48.98.

Amherst’s Connor Sholtis stopped the Williams streak when he repeated as the 200 freestyle champion with an NCAA ‘B’ cut mark of 1:40.51. Williams’ Jake Tamposi, who was victorious in Friday’s 50 breaststroke, touched the wall ahead of the field in the 100 breaststroke in an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 55.27.

Lin, who touched the wall first in Friday’s 50 backstroke, capped off the individual event victories for the Ephs with a meet, NCAA ‘B’ cut and pool record time of 48.50 in the 100 backstroke.

Williams concluded the middle day with a victory in the 800 freestyle relay, as the team of Ricotta, Gronbeck, Will Brown and Grant Johnson set a new pool record as well as an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 6:42.60.

Action continues on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. from the Middlebury College Natatorium.