February 26, 2012

Williams Wins Men's Swimming & Diving Championships

Courtesy Williams Sports Information

Complete Results

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Despite trailing by as many as 75 points over the course of the evening, Williams College won the 2012 NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships with 2,011 points. It was only the second time in championship history that the Ephs cracked 2,000 points.

Amherst finished as runner-up for the second consecutive year with 1,959 points, as the 52-point difference was the closest finish in the 12-year history of the championship. Tufts took third place with 1,030 points.

Amherst held a 75-point lead following the third final of the night, the 100-yard freestyle, however the 200-yard breastroke proved to be a 90-point swing in favor of Williams, which regained the lead by 15 points. The Ephs never looked back, as they gained 75 points over the rival Lord Jeffs in the 200-yard butterfly and came away with the 52-point victory.

Williams junior Paul Dyrkacz was named the Swimmer of the Meet. Dyrkacz won three individual titles (200-yard Individual Medley, 400-yard Individual Medley, and 200-yard Breaststroke). He also swam on three championship relay teams. Dyrkacz broke pool records in both Individual Medley events, and his 200 Breaststroke time of 1:59.70 broke his own NESCAC record.

Connecticut College senior Timothy Walsh won the Four-Year High Point Swimmer Award. Walsh has swept the backstroke events three times in his career (2009, 2011, 2012) in addition to being the four time champion in the 100-yard backstroke.

Tufts sophomore Johann Schmidt was named the Diver of the Meet for the second consecutive year, sweeping both the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions. Schmidt broke pool records in both events. Williams senior Alex Long was named the Four Year High Point Diver award.

Senior Ryan Lichtenfels of Amherst won the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:43.96, the fourth year in a row that he has won the event at NESCACs. Teammate Tim White came in second, swimming 15:47.20.

In the 200-yard backstroke, Connecticut College senior Timothy Walsh completed a sweep of the backstroke events at this year's championships. It is the third time in his career that Walsh has completed the trifecta (2009 & 2011). Walsh's time of 1:49.04 was just enough to sneak ahead of Amherst first year Conor Deveney, the morning's top qualifier. Deveney finished in 1:49.57.

Tufts senior Owen Rood completed a sweep of the sprint freestyle events, pairing the 100 title with his earlier victory in the 50. Rood finished in 45.03, narrowly separating himself from the rest of the field. Amherst first year Connor Sholtis placed second with a time of 45.53, while Connecticut sophomore Sam Gill came in third (45.70).

Williams packed the field in the 200-yard breaststroke, placing a full five swimmers in the championship final. Junior Paul Dyrkacz broke his own NESCAC record in the event, becoming the first NESCAC swimmer ever to break two minutes in the 200. Dyrkacz finished with a time of 1:59.70, his third consecutive individual title in the event.

Williams rookie Thad Ricotta won his first individual NESCAC title by placing first in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:50.98.

In the 3-meter diving event, Tufts sophomore Johann Schmidt won the fourth individual title of his career as he won both diving events for the second year in a row. His score of 536.25 broke an eighteen year old pool record by nearly 50 points.

The final event of the evening, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Amherst quartet of Ben McBratney, Ryan Lichtenfels, Tyler Hampton and Connor Sholtis swept away the field by placing first with a time of 3:02.89.

Team Results
1. Williams - 2,011
2. Amherst - 1,959
3. Tufts - 1,030
4. Connecticut College - 964
5. Bowdoin - 903
6. Bates - 796
7. Middlebury - 646.5
8. Colby - 510
9. Hamilton - 458
10. Trinity - 384
11. Wesleyan - 335.5

Individual Results
1,650 Freestyle - Ryan Lichtenfels, Amherst - 15:43.96
200 Backstroke - Timothy Walsh, Connecticut College - 1:49.04
100 Freestyle - Owen Rood, Tufts - 45.03
200 Breaststroke - Paul Dyrkacz, Williams - 1:59.70 *@
200 Butterfly - Thad Ricotta, Williams - 1:50.98
3-meter Diving - Johann Schmidt, Tufts - 536.25 @
400 Freestyle Relay - Amherst - 3:02.89

* - NESCAC record; # - NESCAC meet record; @ - Samuelson-Muir Pool record


February 25, 2012

Williams Extends Lead Over Amherst at MSD Championship

Courtesy Williams Sports Information

Live Results

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Williams College leads the 2012 NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at the conclusion of the second day of competition at the Samuelson-Muir Pool on the campus of Williams College by a 52.5-point margin, as the Ephs have accumulated 1,414.5 points.

Amherst is second with 1,362 points, while Connecticut College is third with 744 points.

Williams entered the second night of the championships holding a slim 17.5 point lead over Amherst. With the three individual wins on the night and taking the 800 freestyle relay Williams was able to increase its lead over rival Amherst. Individual wins by the Ephs came from Christian Gronbeck (1,000 Freestyle), Paul Dyrkacz (400IM) and Tom Vieth (200 Freestyle).

The 2012 NESCAC Championships will conclude on Sunday night. Six swimming events and the 3-meter dive remain to be contested tomorrow night.

The first final on the second night was the 200 Medley Relay and Connecticut College won the event in a time of 1:32.42. The winning quartet of Camels included Tim Walsh, Kirk Celewicz, Patrick McGinnis, and Sam Gill.

In the 1,000 Freestyle Williams' freshman Christian Gronbeck took top honors in a time of 9:28.92, followed by Amherst sophomore Conor McAuliffe (9:30.36). Third place went to the Ephs' John Armstrong (9:32.56).

The 400 Individual Medley Relay finals featured four of the eight competitors being from Williams. Williams junior Paul Dyrkacz won the event for the second straight year with a pool record 3:55.44.

The 100 Butterfly finals featured a NESCAC meet record effort by Connecticut College sophomore Sam Gill who came home in a pool record 48.73.

In the 200 Freestyle finals, five of the eight competitors were from Amherst, but the race was won by Williams junior Tom Vieth in a time of 1:38.91. Vieth was followed by a quartet of Amherst swimmers in places 2-5. Finishing second was senior Ryan Lichtenfels (1:40.39) and in third was freshman Connor Sholtis (1:40.56).

Amherst senior Ben McBratney set a meet and pool record in the 100 Breaststroke finals finishing in 56.29. Bowdoin's Nathan Mecray, a senior, was second in 56.91.

The 100 Backstroke finals belonged to Connecticut College senior Tim Walsh who won for the fourth straight year. Walsh's winning time was 49.78.

Capping off the competition for the night was the 800 Freestyle Relay, which was won by Williams in a time of 6:43.83 and featured a strong finish by junior Tom Vieth. Amherst was second in 6:46.26 and third was captured by Tufts in a time of 6:57.07. Joining Vieth in the winning effort by the Ephs were Paul Dyrkacz, Christian Gronbeck and Chris Weihs.

Team Results
1. Williams - 1,414.5
2. Amherst - 1,362.0
3. Connecticut College - 744.0
4. Tufts - 725.0
5. Bowdoin - 653.5
6. Bates - 596.0
7. Middlebury - 483.5
8. Colby - 409.0
9. Hamilton - 353.0
10. Trinity - 276.0
11. Wesleyan - 236.5

Individual Results
200 Medley Relay - Connecticut College - 1:32.42
1,000 Freestyle - Christian Gronbeck, Williams - 9:28.92
400 IM - Paul Dyrkacz, Williams - 3:55.44 @
100 Butterfly - Sam Gill, Connecticut College - 48.73 #@
200 Freestyle - Tom Vieth, Williams - 1:38.91
100 Breaststroke - Ben McBratney, Amherst - 56.29 #@
100 Backstroke - Tim Walsh, Connecticut College - 49.78
800 Freestyle Relay - Williams - 6:43.83

* - NESCAC record; # - NESCAC meet record; @ - Samuelson-Muir Pool record




February 24, 2012

Williams Has Slim Lead After First Day at MSD Championship

Courtesy Williams Sports Information

Live Results

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Williams leads the field by 17.5 points at the 2012 NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Ephs' Samuelson-Muir Pool. The hosts have 710 points following day one of the three-day championship. Amherst is second with 692.5 points, while Bowdoin is third with 400.5 points.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay a fiercely competed 'A' final saw the Williams quartet of Tom Vieth, Paul Dyrkacz, Alexander Nanda, and Daeus Jorento tie a 18-year-old pool record with a time of 1:21.99.

In the 50-yard breaststroke, Amherst senior Ben McBratney set a new NESCAC record during the morning preliminary swims with a time of 25.56. McBratney captured the 50 breast title during the evening final with a time of 25.84.

Bowdoin senior Mac Routh bettered his own pool record in the 50-yard butterfly, set at the 2010 NESCAC championships, by two tenths of a second, swimming a 22.27 to capture his second career title in the event (2010).

The final for the 500-yard freestyle was a sea of purple, as five Amherst and three Williams swimmers comprised the entirety of the field. Amherst senior Ryan Lichtenfels placed first with a time of 4:31.12, a second and a half ahead of junior Tom Vieth of Williams (4:32.70). From start to finish the field was within seven seconds of each other, no small feat in an event of that distance.

Senior Timothy Walsh from Connecticut College broke the NESCAC meet record in the 50-yard backstroke during the morning preliminary swims with a time of 22.77, bettering his 2011 record time by 0.01 seconds.

In the 200-yard IM, Amherst and Williams once again squared off, with five Williams swimmers facing down the challenge posed by three opponents from Amherst. Paul Dyrkacz from Williams, the defending champion in the event , swept away the field with a time of 1:50.02. Dyrkacz's time broke an 18 year old pool record by over half a second.

Tufts senior Owen Rood pulled away from a tightly packed field to earn his first NESCAC title in the 50-yard freestyle. Rood finished with a time of 20.73, just ahead of the outstretched hands of Bowdoin senior Nathan Mecray (20.88) and Williams junior Daeus Jorento (20.91).

Tufts sophomore Johan Schmidt, champion in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events at last year's NESCAC championships, broke a 13 year old pool record by five points in staking his claim once again as one to beat in the diving events. Schmidt scored 496.10 points.

In the final event of the evening, Williams grabbed its second relay title with a victory in the 400-yard medley relay. The quartet of juniors David Taylor, Paul Dyrkacz and Tom Vieth, alongside first year Thad Ricotta had a winning time of 3:22.66.

Team Results
1. Williams - 710
2. Amherst - 692.5
3. Bowdoin - 400.5
4. Tufts - 380
5. Connecticut College - 372
6. Bates - 326
7. Middlebury - 286.5
8. Colby - 206
9. Hamilton - 166
10. Trinity - 144
11. Wesleyan - 90.5

Individual Results
200 Freestyle Relay - Williams - 1:21.99 @
50 Breaststroke - Ben McBratney, Amherst - 25.84
50 Butterfly - Mac Routh, Bowdoin - 22.27 @
500 Freestyle - Ryan Lichtenfels, Amherst - 4:31.12
50 Backstroke - Timothy Walsh, Connecticut College - 22.88
200 IM - Paul Dyrkacz, Williams - 1:50.02 @
50 Freestyle - Owen Rood, Tufts - 20.73
1-Meter Diving - Johan Schmidt, Tufts - 496.10 @
400 Medley Relay - Williams - 3:22.66 @

* - NESCAC record; # - NESCAC meet record; @ - Samuelson-Muir Pool record



2012 NESCAC MEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Friday, February 24 - Sunday, February 26
at Samuelson-Muir Pool, Williams College

Webcast (Evening Races) | Live Results | Psych Sheet (PDF)

Order of Events 

Friday, February 24
Trials, 10:00 A.M.
200 yard Freestyle Relay
50 yard Breaststroke
50 yard Butterfly
500 yard Freestyle
50 yard Backstroke
200 yard Individual Medley
50 yard Freestyle
400 yard Medley Relay
1 Meter Diving

Finals, 6:00 P.M.
200 yard Freestyle Relay
50 yard Breaststroke
50 yard Butterfly
500 yard Freestyle
50 yard Backstroke
200 Individual Medley
50 yard Freestyle
1-meter Diving (Top 8 Qualifiers)
400 yard Medley Relay

Saturday, February 25
Trials, 10:00 A.M.
200 yard Medley Relay
400 yard Individual Medley
100 yard Butterfly
200 yard Freestyle
100 yard Breaststroke
100 yard Backstroke
1000 Freestyle (Timed Finals)



Finals, 6:00 P.M.

Senior Ceremony
200 yard Medley Relay
1000 yard Freestyle
(Last Heat of Timed Finals)
400 Individual Medley
100 yard Butterfly
200 yard Freestyle
100 yard Breaststroke
100 yard Backstroke
800 yard Freestyle Relay

Sunday, February 26
Trials, 10:00 A.M.

200 yard Backstroke
100 yard Freestyle
200 yard Breaststroke
200 yard Butterfly
400 yard Freestyle Relay
1650 Freestyle (Timed Finals)
3-meter Diving



Finals, 5:30 P.M.
1650 yard Freestyle
(Last Heat of Timed Finals)
200 yard Backstroke
100 yard Freestyle
200 yard Breaststroke
200 yard Butterfly
3-meter Diving (Top 8 Qualifiers)
400 yard Freestyle Relay
NESCAC Awards & Team Awards

 

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