NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships Head to Middlebury

Middlebury will host the 2019 NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships Feb. 21-24
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.
 
50-YARD FREESTYLE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 19.77 * Roger Gu, Tufts 
  20.85 Scott Romeyn, Amherst 
  21.21 Jack Koravos, Amherst
2018 Champion 19.95 # Roger Gu, Tufts
2017 Champion 20.48 Michael Fothergill, Connecticut College
2016 Champion 20.73 Theodore Pender, Bates
     
100-YARD FREESTYLE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 44.44 Roger Gu, Tufts 
  46.24 Scott Romeyn, Amherst 
  46.61 Karl Sarier, Bowdoin 
2018 Champion 44.47 Karl Sarier, Bowdoin 
2017 Champion 44.83 Theodore Pender, Bates
2016 Champion 45.27 Jamie Finnegan, Williams
     
200-YARD FREESTYLE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 1:40.56 James Lovette, Williams 
  1:42.27 Eric Wong, Amherst 
  1:42.73 Lucca Delcompare, Williams 
2018 Champion 1:37.89 Karl Sarier, Bowdoin
2017 Champion 1:38.34 Karl Sarier, Bowdoin
2016 Champion 1:39.70 Karl Sarier, Bowdoin
     
500-YARD FREESTYLE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 4:37.77 Coleman Komishane, Tufts
  4:39.49 James Lovette, Williams 
  4:39.81 Andrew Trunsky, Williams 
2018 Champion 4:29.60  Jamie Lovette, Williams
2017 Champion 4:33.15 Eric Wong, Amherst
2016 Champion 4:33.75 Connor Haley, Amherst
     
1,000-YARD FREESTYLE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 9:44.24 Daniel Williams, Bowdoin
  9:44.54 Andrew Trunsky, Williams 
  9:45.89 John LaLime, Tufts 
2018 Champion 9:24.68 Andrew Trunsky, Williams
2017 Champion 9:22.70 Andrew Trunsky, Williams
2016 Champion 9:32.36 Michael McGean, Middlebury
     
1,650-YARD FREESTYLE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 9:33.19 James Lovette, Williams 
  9:37.37 Jackson Karofsky, Williams 
  9:44.24 Daniel Williams, Bowdoin 
2018 Champion 15:37.40 Jamie Lovette, Williams
2017 Champion 15:44.05 Andrew Trunsky, Williams
2016 Champion 16:02.45 Michael McGean, Middlebury
     
50-YARD BACKSTROKE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 23.09 Kingsley Bowen, Tufts 
  23.40 Nate Tingen, Tufts 
  23.72 Craig Smith, Amherst 
2018 Champion 22.24 Kingsley Bowen, Tufts
2017 Champion 21.91 Benjamin Lin, Williams
2016 Champion 22.33 Benjamin Lin, Williams
     
100-YARD BACKSTROKE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 50.47 Kingsley Bowen, Tufts 
  50.95 Craig Smith, Amherst 
  51.33 Ethan Webster, Tufts 
2018 Champion 48.72 Kingsley Bowen, Tufts
2017 Champion 49.47 Michael Fothergill, Connecticut College
2016 Champion 47.93 Benjamin Lin, Williams
     
200-YARD BACKSTROKE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 1:48.28 Joseph Kim, Tufts 
  1:50.07 Ethan Webster, Tufts 
  1:50.96 Kingsley Bowen, Tufts 
2018 Champion 1:46.88 Kingsley Bowen, Tufts
2017 Champion 1:45.88 # Benjamin Lin, Williams
2016 Champion 1:47.30 Michael Winget, Tufts
     
50-YARD BREASTSTROKE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 26.38 Alex Bedard, Bates 
  26.68 Jack Melnick, Williams 
  26.80 Sean Mebust, Amherst 
2018 Champion 25.07 Elijah Spiro, Amherst
2017 Champion 24.95 Elijah Spiro, Amherst
2016 Champion 25.17 Jake Tamposi, Williams
     
100-YARD BREASTSTROKE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 57.19 Sean Mebust, Amherst 
  57.88 Alexander Burnam, Tufts 
  57.97 Alex Bedard, Bates 
2018 Champion 55.38 Elijah Spiro, Amherst
2017 Champion 55.23 Elijah Spiro, Amherst
2016 Champion 55.50  Jake Tamposi, Williams
     
200-YARD BREASTSTROKE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 2:04.97 Sean Mebust, Amherst 
  2:07.46 Alexander Burnam, Tufts 
  2:08.81 Alex Bedard, Bates 
2018 Champion 2:00.60 Sean Mebust, Amherst
2017 Champion 2:00.36 Sean Mebust, Amherst
2016 Champion 2:04.01 Gregory Han, Amherst
50-YARD BUTTERFLY    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 22.90 Devon French, Tufts 
  23.15 Jack Koravos, Amherst 
  23.16 Zeb Hart, Williams 
2018 Champion 21.70 *# Timothy Kostolansky, Williams
2017 Champion 22.06 Timothy Kostolansky, Williams
2016 Champion 21.93 Timothy Kostolansky, Williams
     
100-YARD BUTTERFLY    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 50.30 Devon French, Tufts 
  50.44 Jack Koravos, Amherst 
  50.84 Andrew Royek, Williams 
2018 Champion 48.73 Kaison Ifill, Connecticut College
2017 Champion 47.76 # Benjamin Lin, Williams
2016 Champion 49.29 Kingsley Bowen, Tufts
     
200-YARD BUTTERFLY    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 1:52.13 Lucca Delcompare, Williams 
  1:52.31 Devon French, Tufts 
  1:52.86 Sean Tan, Williams 
2018 Champion 1:48.68 Luca Delcompare, Williams
2017 Champion 1:49.39 James McElduff, Tufts
2016 Champion 1:49.68  Jeff Anderson, Amherst
     
200-YARD IM    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 1:54.36 Joseph Kim, Tufts 
  1:54.43 Sean Tan, Williams 
  1:54.47 Tar Tar Jarusinchai, Tufts 
2018 Champion 1:50.07 Karl Sarier, Bowdoin
2017 Champion 1:49.73 # Karl Sarier, Bowdoin
2016 Champion 1:50.99 Timothy Kostolansky, Williams
     
400-YARD IM    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 3:59.95 Joseph Kim, Tufts 
  4:05.51 Jackson Karofsky, Williams 
  4:07.51 Michael Gregorace, Tufts 
2018 Champion 3:56.65 James McElduff, Tufts
2017 Champion 3:56.61 AJ Pite, Connecticut College
2016 Champion 3:57.82 AJ Pite, Connecticut College
     
1-METER DIVING
   (based on 6 dive scoring)
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 301.88 Mitchell Ryan, Bowdoin
  301.20 Tom Amsbry, Amherst
  292.27 Bennett Fagan, Amherst
2018 Champion 480.95 Mitchell Ryan, Bowdoin
2017 Champion 515.60 Matthew Rohrer, Tufts
2016 Champion 511.50 Asher Lichtig, Amherst
     
3-METER DIVING
   (based on 6 dive scoring)
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 348.66 Alex Schrock, Trinity
  326.85 Bennett Fagan, Amherst
  325.58 Mitchell Ryan, Bowdoin
2018 Champion 458.10 Mitchell Ryan, Bowdoin
2017 Champion 542.90 Matthew Rohrer, Tufts
2016 Champion 503.10 Matthew Rohrer, Tufts
     
200-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 1:23.14 Tufts 
  1:24.28 Amherst 
  1:26.12 Williams 
2018 Champion 1:21.64 Connecticut College
2017 Champion 1:21.35 # Connecticut College
2016 Champion 1:21.56 Williams
     
400-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 3:04.12 Tufts 
  3:05.05 Amherst 
  3:05.26 Williams
2018 Champion 3:00.79 # Tufts
2017 Champion 3:01.39 Williams
2016 Champion 3:00.79  Williams
2015 Champion 3:01.79  Amherst
     
800-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 6:48.29 Tufts 
  6:50.63 Williams 
  6:53.96  Amherst 
2018 Champion 6:40.85 # Williams
2017 Champion 6:44.83 Amherst
2016 Champion 6:49.22 Tufts
     
200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 1:31.10 Tufts 
  1:32.92 Amherst 
  1:34.87 Williams 
2018 Champion 1:29.84 Amherst
2017 Champion 1:30.12 Amherst
2016 Champion 1:29.31 Williams
     
400-YARD MEDLEY RELAY    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 3:22.69 Amherst 
  3:24.93 Tufts 
  3:26.97 Williams 
2018 Champion 3:17.86 Tufts
2017 Champion 3:18.20 Williams
2016 Champion 3:17.31 Williams

* - NESCAC record; # - NESCAC meet record