Men’s Swim Swamps Middlebury in Weekend NESCAC Matchup
Issue   |   Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:03

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Amherst men’s swimming and diving team hosted Middlebury in the Mammoths’ home opener at Pratt Pool.
Maintaining their perfect record, the Amherst men drowned the Panthers 165-102.

Ranked 16th in the nation, the Mammoths demonstrated their overwhelming talent in the weekend win.
Starting the meet strong as always, Craig Smith ’20, Elijah Spiro ’18, Tristian So ’21 and Jack Koravos ’20 gave Amherst its first win in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:33.63.

Following right behind in second place, Sam Spurrell ’18, Chris Quinones ’19, John Janezich ’18 and Bobby Meyer ’21 clocked in at 1:36.10.
Following the same pattern in the 1000-yard freestyle, Flanagan Waldherr ’21 touched the wall in 10:15.48 to snag first place.
Less than a second behind the first-year, Nathan Ives ’18 placed second with a mark of 10:16.02.

Improving on recent results, the Mammoths amazed in the 200-yard freestyle with Eric Wong ’20 (1:44.65), Sean Mebust ’20 (1:45.87) and Brandon Wang ’20 (1:47.86) sweeping the top three spots.

After his event-winning split in the 200-yard medley, Spiro continued his success by setting a pool record of 56.94 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Again, Josh Chen ’19 and Justin Lee ’19 followed right behind Spiro with times of 58.03 and 59.99, respectively.

Bennett Fagan ’20 (260.93 points), Jake Meyer ’18 (196.50 points) and Bobby Shogren ’19 (181.20 points) swept the three-meter diving event, respectively.
Gaining momentum as the meet advanced, Sam Spurell ’18 and first-year Adi Arifovic, placed first and second in the 200-yard butterfly.

Paralleling their teammates’ success, Koravos, So and Matt Sanders ’21 swept the 50-yard freestyle in times of 21.32, 21.54 and 22.27, respectively. Mebust and Quinones led the 200-yard breaststroke with times of 2:09.33 and 2:11.49.

The Mammoths will look to continue their three-match winning streak at Union College on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m.