Posted: Feb 20, 2019
HADLEY, Mass. – Tufts looks to defend its title when the 2019 NESCAC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships begin on Thursday, February 21 with the finals of the 800 freestyle relay on the campus of Middlebury College. The Jumbos captured their first NESCAC title in program history last season, snapping Williams’ streak of 15 consecutive titles. This year, the championships move to a four-day format as the 800 freestyle relay was shifted to Thursday night at 7 p.m.
Competition on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday begins with preliminary heats at 10 a.m. Finals are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. All tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets for Thursday evening’s session are $5 for adults and $3 for children and students. Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 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.
A live webcast will be available at NESCAC.com and on Roku, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire (search NESCAC Network). Results from the NESCAC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be available throughout the weekend at NESCAC.com and via the NESCAC Twitter account (@NESCAC).
Last season, Tufts (1,671) edged Williams (1,590) by 81 points to claim first place. Amherst finished third with 1,467.5 points and was followed by Bowdoin (976.5) and Connecticut College (906.5) to round out the top five teams. Bates (854.5), Middlebury (667.5), Colby (570.5), and Trinity (565) finished seventh through ninth, respectively, while Wesleyan (494) and Hamilton (376) rounded out the team standings.
Heading into the 2019 NESCAC Championships, 15 NESCAC Champions return to the pool and 37 of the top three finishers in the 24 events are making a repeat appearance at the championships.
Tufts junior Roger Gu (Ashland, Mass.) returns to defend his title in the 50 freestyle. Gu set a new NESCAC record (19.77) at the MIT Invitational earlier this year, lowering the mark he established at last year’s championship meet. First-year Scott Romeyn (Durham, Conn.) and junior Jack Koravos (Westford, Mass.) of Amherst rank second and third, respectively, in the event. Bowdoin senior Karl Sarier (Closter, N.Y.) is the defending champion in both the 100 and 200 freestyle events. He has the third-best time this season in the 100 freestyle and will be challenged by Gu and Romeyn who hold the top two times, respectively. Williams sophomore James Lovette (Ithaca, N.Y.), who won 500 and 1,650 freestyle races last season and owns the top time in the league in the 200 freestyle. Juniors Eric Wong (Old Tappan, N.J.) of Amherst and Lucca Delcompare (Naples, Fla.) of Williams round out the top three swimmers in the event.
All three 2018 NESCAC Champions return in the distance freestyle events, Lovette looks to repeat as the NESCAC Champion in the 500 and 1,650 races, while Eph teammate Andrew Trunsky (Birmingham, Mich.) won the title at the 1,000 distance. Bowdoin first-year Coleman Komishane (Manchester, Mass.) enters the championship with the top time in the 500 freestyle, while Lovette and Trunsky rank second and third, respectively. Bowdoin senior Daniel Williams (Westport, Conn.) was a third-place finisher in the 1,000 freestyle last year, but enters the 2019 race as the top seed. Trunsky, the 2018 champion in the 1,000 freestyle and Tufts sophomore John LaLime (Vero Beach, Fla.), the runner-up last season, are leading contenders once again in 2019. Williams swimmers Lovette and classmate Jackson Karofsky (Tenafly, N.Y.), the runner-up in 2018, hold the top two times in the 1,650 freestyle and Bowdoin’s Williams will push both Ephs for a spot at the top of the podium.
Tufts senior Kingsley Bowen (Pepper Pike, Ohio) won all three backstroke events a year ago and looks to repeat the feat in 2019. Bowen owns the top time in 50 backstroke this season, while fellow Jumbo and first-year Nate Tingen (Yorba Linda, Calif.) ranks second and Amherst junior Craig Smith (Chicago, Ill.) also looks to contend in the event. Bowen, who is the only returning swimmer among last year’s top three finishers in the 100 backstroke, has posted the top time in the event. Amherst’s Smith and Tufts first-year Ethan Webster (Los Angeles, Calif.) will also be vying for a first-place finish. Tufts first-year Joseph Kim (Philadelphia, Pa.), along with Webster and Bowen rank 1-2-3 in the 200 backstroke.
There will be a new champion in the 50 breaststroke, however, Williams senior Jack Melnick (Naples, Fla.), last year’s runner-up, and Amherst junior Sean Mebust (Cooperstown, N.Y.) a third-place finisher last season, are the two and three seeds in the event. Bates senior Alex Bedard (Amherst, Mass.) owns the top time in the field of competitors this season. Mebust also holds the top time in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and is the defending champion at the 200 distance. Tufts junior Alexander Burnam (San Francisco, Calif.) and Bedard will also contend in both races.
All three swimmers that earned All-NESCAC honors in the 50 butterfly last season have moved on. Tufts first-year Devon French (New York, N.Y.) is a top contender to win the title, claiming the best time in the conference in both the 50 and 100 butterfly events. Amherst junior Jack Koravos (Westfield, Mass.) and Williams first-year Andrew Royek (Savannah, Ga.) join French among the leading challengers in the 100 butterfly. Williams’ Delcompare, the defending champion in the 200 butterfly, owns the top time heading into this year’s race. French and first-year Sean Tan (Tenafly, N.Y.), of Williams, will also contest for the top spot on the podium.
In the 200 individual medley, reigning champion Sarier and Delcompare, last year’s third-place finisher, return to the field. Three first-year swimmers, Kim and Tar Tar Jarusinchai (Nonthaburi, Thailand) of Tufts, and Tan of Williams, own the fastest times in the event. There will be a new champion crowned in the 400 individual medley, but two of the top three finishers from 2018 return in Williams’ Karofsky and sophomore John Gaffney (Garden City, N.Y.). Kim has recorded the fastest time this season and is followed by Karofsky and Tufts first-year Michael Gregorace (Westbury, N.Y.).
All three divers who earned All-NESCAC honors last year return to the field in 2019, led by senior Mitchell Ryan (Salem, Conn.) of Bowdoin who looks to defend his titles on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Middlebury junior Mike Chirico (Dover, Mass.) was the runner-up on the 1-meter board and placed third on the 3-meter board last year, while Amherst junior Bennett Fagan (Oakton, Va.) finished third on the 1-meter and was second on the 3-meter. Fagan, first-year teammate Tom Amsbry (Pasadena, Calif.), and Trinity sophomore Alex Schrock (Long Lake, Minn.) will all be contenders for the titles in 2019.
Tufts won the 400 medley relay and also captured the NESCAC title in the 400 freestyle relay to close last year’s championship and cap off its victory. Amherst and Williams won the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay, respectively, and all three teams will vie for first place again this year with the Jumbos owning the top time in each event heading into the 2019 championships.
Results from the NESCAC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be available throughout the weekend at NESCAC.com.
* - NESCAC record; # - NESCAC meet record