Courtesy Bowdoin Sports Information / Photo courtesy of Brain Beard (www.CIPhotography.com)
BRUNSWICK, Maine -The Tufts University Men's Swimming & Diving team leads after day one of competition at the 2018 NESCAC Championship Friday at Greason Pool on the campus of Bowdoin College.
The Jumbos totaled 622 points after the first day of competition, followed closely by Williams (594). Amherst (513.5) sits comfortably in third place, followed by Connecticut College (415.5) and Bowdoin (408).
Event Winners & All-NESCAC Honorees
The Jumbos grabbed the day one lead thanks to a pair of individual wins, courtesy of Kingsley Bowen, who won the 50-yard backstroke in a pool-record time of 22.24. Roger Gu followed that up with a win in the 50-yard freestyle with a NESCAC-record time of 19.95 for Tufts. Gu is the first NESCAC swimmer to post a time under 20 seconds in the event and his mark is the third best in Division III this season. The Jumbos also earned a relay victory in the 400-yard medley relay in a pool-record pace of 3:17.86 courtesy of Bowen, Matthew Manfre, Zachary Wallace and Gu.
Williams and host team Bowdoin also earned a pair of individual victories in Friday's action. Timothy Kostolansky claimed the 50-yard butterfly in a NESCAC-record time of 21.70 seconds while rookie Jamie Lovette won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:29.60. Bowdoin saw junior Karl Sarier claim the conference crown in the 200-yard IM in 1:50.07, while diver Mitch Ryan won the one-meter diving competition for the Polar Bears with a score of 480.95.
Other winners on Friday night included Amherst's Elijah Spiro, who won the 50-yard breaststroke in a pool-record time of 25.07. Connecticut College led off the evening session with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:21.64 thanks to the efforts of George Tilneac, Drake Freiberg, Charlie Adl and Kaison Ifill.
Action continues on Saturday morning from Greason Pool with trials at 10:00 a.m. The finals session will commence at 5:50 p.m. with the Senior Ceremony followed by championship races. Complete coverage, including links to the Northeast Sports Network broadcast, can be found at NESCAC.com.