Williams Secures Fourth Consecutive Men's Swimming & Diving Title

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Complete Results

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College men's swimming and diving team became the first to surpass 2,000 points Sunday as it cruised to the 2006 NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championship at the Robert Muir and Carl Samuelson Pool.

The championship was the fourth consecutive for Williams, and the sixth in the seven-year tenure of head coach Steve Kuster. The Ephs finished with 2,068 total points, over 500 more than runner-up Tufts University, which compiled 1,522. Amherst College finished in third place with 1,354 points.

Williams College senior Will Cunningham was named the Swimmer of the Meet for the fourth straight championship, and also earned the award for high career points by a senior swimmer. Mike Salmon of Hamilton was named Diver of the Meet and also earned the award for high career points by a senior diver. Hamilton co-diving coaches Todd Kolean and James Ray were named Diving Coaches of the Year and Tufts head coach Adam Hoyt earned Swim Coach of the Year honors.

Cunningham finished the meet with three individual titles (200 IM, 100 back and 100 free) and four relay titles (200 medley, 800 free and 400 medley and 400 free). He won the 100 free Sunday with a meet record time of 45.43 seconds, and helped the Ephs finished the meet in style in the 400 free relay as he joined Brad Brecher, Zack Orjuela and Nick Gallucci in setting a meet record with a winning time of 3:04.03.

Salmon won the 3-meter diving Sunday, outpointing Williams College's Tim Nolen, who finished second, 484.55 points to 450.90 points. Tufts University's Jonathan Godsey won an individual title in the 200 back with a time of 1:51.32, and Bowdoin College's Roger Burleigh set a new NESCAC and meet record with a winning time of 1:51 in the 200 fly.

The other wins on the final day belong to the Ephs. Junior Stephen Spinelli won his third individual title of the championships with a time of 15:49.60 in the 1,650 free. Cunningham's meet record in the 100 free followed, and Henry Felker then won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:08.04.

Team Results

1. Williams                      2,068.0
2. Tufts                           1,522.0
3. Amherst                     1,354.0
4. Wesleyan                   1,047.0
5. Colby                             785.0
6. Connecticut College      744.5
7. Hamilton                       720.0
8. Bowdoin                       693.0
9. Trinity                           507.0
10. Bates                         405.5

Williams Extends Lead During Day Two of Men's Swimming & Diving Championship

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College men's swimming and diving team has expanded its commanding lead heading into the final day of the 2006 NESCAC Swimming and Diving Championships.

The Ephs won five of eight events Saturday and now have a two-day total of 1,469 points, nearly 400 ahead of second-place Tufts University, which has 1,079.5. Amherst College is in third place with 985.

Some of Saturday's highlights for the leaders included a thrilling 800 free relay victory which ended with a NESCAC, meet and pool record time of 6:48.76, junior Stephen Spinelli's setting a new meet record en route to a 200 free title, first-year Norman Scott setting a new meet record in the 100 butterfly and senior Will Cunningham defending his 100 backstroke title with a new meet and pool record time of 49.57 seconds.

One of the day's most dominating performances belonged to Amherst junior Ethan Treat, who set a new NESCAC, meet and pool record in the 400 IM with a winning time of 3:58.34. It was the second straight title for Treat, who also set a NESCAC, meet and pool record in the event at the 2005 championships. Amherst also received a win from John Ancona in the 100 breaststroke. Wesleyan junior Ben Byers won the 1,000 freestyle in 9:30.90.

The other winner for Williams was the foursome of Cunningham, Scott, Tyler Bonewell and Blake Albohm in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:32.73.

Tufts has two second-place finishes. In the 800 free relay, the race came down to Williams' Spinelli vs. Tufts' Brett Baker over the final laps. Spinelli just outouched Baker to give Williams the win, 6:48.76 to 6:49.04, both national "A" cut times. Joining Baker on the 800 free were Grego Bettencourt, Justin Fanning and Jonathan Godsey.

In the 200 free, Spinelli was victorious in 1:41.29, with Baker second in 1:41.87 and Bettencourt third in 1:42.01.


Williams Leads After Day One at Men's Swimming & Diving Championship

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College men's swimming and diving team won six of eight events in the pool Friday to build a commanding lead after the first day of the 2006 NESCAC Swimming & Diving Championships held at the Robert Muir and Carl Samuelson Pool.

The Ephs broke two school records — the 200 free relay and first-year Norman Scott in the 50 butterfly — en route to 760.5 first-day points. Tufts University was second with 572 points and Amherst third with 498 points.

Williams junior Setphen Spinelli successfully defended his NESCAC title in the 500 free (4:33.87), as did Amherst senior Rick Estacio in the 50 backstroke (23.55) and Hamilton College senior Mike Salmon in the 1-meter diving (501.25). Estacio set a NESCAC meet and pool record of 23.53 in his preliminary win Friday morning. It was the third year in a row Salmon won the 1-meter diving.

Williams senior Will Cunningham defended his title in the 200 IM (1:51.75) as well.

Williams also defended its titles in the 200 free relay as the quartet of Brad Brecher, Nick Gallucci. Zack Orjuela and Blake Albohm set a meet and school record with a time of 1:23.34. The night ended with another Ephs victory, this one from the 400 medley relay of Will Cunningham, Scott, Henry Felker and Orjuela who won with a time of 3:24.64.

Amherst's John Ancona won the 50 breaststroke in 27.08. Other winners on the night included Scott of Williams with a school record 22.84 seconds in the 50 fly and Albohm of Williams in the 50 free (21.11).

Tufts had three second-place finishes. Grego Bettencourt was the runner-up in the 500 free (4:36.11) and senior Brett Baker (21.43) and junior Michael Kinsella (21.45) placed second and third respectively in the 50 free.

In addition, the Jumbos 200 free relay of Kinsella, Jason Kapit, Andrew Shields and Baker placed second in 1:23.51.

Complete results can be found at www.pjmm.net/results.html throughout the weekend.