Jeffs Win Four of Eight Events in Day Two of Championship
Alex Fraser '11 won the 200 freestyle and swam the final leg of the winning 800 freestyle relay.
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Amherst College men’s swimming and diving team won four of Saturday’s eight events to wrap up day two of the 2010 NESCAC Championship in third place. The Lord Jeffs will return to the Williams College Muir-Samuelson Pool Sunday, with preliminary heats beginning at 10 a.m. and finals taking place in the evening.
Amherst led all schools with four victories, but the host Ephs held on to first place by winning one race to finish Saturday with 1,355.5 points. Tufts remained in second place and heads into the final day of competition with 1,027 points, while the Jeffs round out the top three with 993 points. Tufts, Middlebury, Williams and Connecticut College each won an event on Saturday.
The Lord Jeffs wrapped up day two of the championship with an impressive showing in the 800-yard freestyle relay, as their 6:43.10 set a new pool record and was good enough for an NCAA “B” cut. Teaming up to close out Saturday with a bang were sophomores Ryan Lichtenfels (McLean, VA) and Tim White (Centerport, NY), along with juniors Ryan Colby (Birdsboro, PA) and Alex Fraser (Willowbrook, IL).
Successfully defending his NESCAC title in the 200-yard freestyle and picking up his second individual win of the weekend was Fraser, whose NCAA “A” time of 1:39.72 was nearly two seconds faster than the runner-up. Colby placed fifth in the event with a 1:43.02.
Also defending a NESCAC title was Lichtenfels, who won the 400-yard individual medley for the second time in as many years with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:59.85. Lichtenfels was the only swimmer to break the four-minute mark in the event.
Continuing a standout weekend and rounding out Amherst’s winners on Saturday was sophomore Ben McBratney (Evanston, IL). After winning the 200 IM and playing a role in both of Friday’s relay events, McBratney won Saturday’s 100-yard breaststroke (57.22, NCAA “B”) and placed third in the 100-yard butterfly (50.41, NCAA “B”). The 100 breast proved to be a strong event for the Jeffs, as sophomores Bart Federak (Towaco, NJ) and Mike O’Connor (Cold Spring Harbor, NY) placed sixth (58.89) and seventh (58.94), respectively.
Also putting in solid individual performances on Saturday were junior Reid Fitzgerald (New York, NY) and first-year Daniel Schwab (San Diego, CA), who placed second (51.39) and sixth (52.33), respectively, in the 100-yard backstroke with NCAA “B” cuts. First-year Alex Pearlman (Granville, OH) finished outside of the top eight in the 1,000-yard freestyle by the slimmest of margins, as his 9:57.95 left him one one-hundredth of a second behind Tufts’ Joe Lessard ’11 and Joe McLoughlin ’12, who tied for seventh with a 9:57.94.
In the first race of the evening, Fitzgerald, McBratney and Fraser teamed up with senior co-captain Tad Homchick (Mercer Island, WA) to place second in the 200-yard medley relay. The Jeffs’ NCAA “B” time of 1:32.63 was only 0.35 seconds behind the group from Tufts.
Sunday will feature the 100- and 1,650-yard freestyles, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 400 freestyle relay and 3-meter diving. Real-time results and a live webcast will be available.
* NCAA “A” Time
^ NCAA “B” Time
% Pool Record
200-Yard Medley Relay
Reid Fitzgerald, Ben McBratney, Tad Homchick, Alex Fraser – 2nd (1:32.63) ^
400-Yard Individual Medley
Ryan Lichtenfels – 1st (3:59.85) *
Ben McBratney – 3rd (50.41) ^
Alex Fraser – 1st (1:39.72) *
Ryan Colby – 5th (1:43.02)
Ben McBratney – 1st (57.22) ^
Bart Federak – 6th (58.89)
Mike O’Connor – 7th (58.94)
Reid Fitzgerald – 2nd (51.39) ^
Daniel Schwab – 6th (52.33) ^
800-Yard Freestyle Relay
Ryan Lichtenfels, Tim White, Ryan Colby, Alex Fraser – 1st (6:43.10) ^%