Williams Claims NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Crown

Williams Claims NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Crown

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Williams College men's swimming and diving team claimed its 12th consecutive conference title as the 2014 New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship concluded Sunday night at Bowdoin College.

The Ephs claimed their 13th crown overall by accumulating a team score of 1,849 points to defeat closest competitor Amherst, which posted 1,750. Connecticut College recorded 1,468 points to take third with Tufts totaling 1,147 to finish fourth. In a hard-fought battle for fifth place, Bowdoin finished with 777.5 points, narrowly edging rival Bates with 777.

Williams sealed its victory thanks to four individual wins on Sunday. Thad Ricotta set a new pool record in winning the 200 butterfly (1:48.57) for the Ephs while Christian Gronbeck won the grueling 1650 freestyle (15:39.53). Nathaniel Boley claimed the 200 backstroke (1:48.23) and Timothy Lattimer won the 200 breaststroke (2:01.73) to round out the victors for Williams.

Sam Gill capped an exceptional weekend for Connecticut College by claiming the 100 freestyle in 45.14. He also anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay team that included Loring Bowen, Michael Fothergill and Drew Andre. The Camels broke a 25-year old pool record with a time of 3:01.37.

Tufts completed a sweep of the diving events as first-year Matthew Rohrer won the three-meter title with a score of 533.70. Teammate Johann Schmidt, who claimed the one-meter crown on Friday, finished in second place with 524.45 points.

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