Jeffs Finish Third at NESCAC Championship
Ryan Lichtenfels '12 won Sunday's 1,650-yard freestyle by more than 10 seconds for his second victory of the weekend.
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Amherst College men’s swimming and diving team won two events Sunday evening to wrap up the third and final day of the 2010 NESCAC Championship. The Lord Jeffs led the conference with eight victories on the weekend and finished third in the team standings.
The Williams College Ephs, who hosted the championship at Muir-Samuelson Pool, led all schools with 1,937.5 points to mark their eighth consecutive NESCAC team title. Tufts University landed in second place with 1,452.5 points, while Amherst rounded out the top three (1,352). The Ephs have been crowned champions of the conference in eight consecutive years and nine times in all.
For the second consecutive year, Amherst won more events than did any other school. The Lord Jeffs won eight of the weekend’s 24 events, followed by Middlebury (6) and Williams (4). Bowdoin and Tufts each won two races, while Wesleyan and Connecticut College each grabbed one title.
Having already won the 400-yard individual medley, Amherst sophomore Ryan Lichtenfels (McLean, VA) picked up a second victory on Sunday with a dominant performance in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Lichtenfels completed the marathon in 15 minutes and 45.02 seconds for his second NCAA “A” performance of the weekend, leaving him more than 10 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
Tim White '12 won the 200-yard backstroke on Sunday with an NCAA "B" time of 1:51.20.
Three Lord Jeffs swam NCAA “B” times in the 200-yard backstroke, but it was sophomore Tim White (Centerport, NY) who claimed his first-ever individual NESCAC title with a 1:51.20, only 0.05 seconds ahead of the runner-up. First-year Daniel Schwab (San Diego, CA) placed third with a 1:52.06, while junior Reid Fitzgerald (New York, NY) finished sixth (1:54.36).
Junior Alex Fraser (Willowbrook, IL) had already successfully defended his titles in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles, but he came up just short of making it a 3-for-3 weekend. Fraser concluded a stellar championship by swimming a 45.24 (NCAA “B”) in the 100-yard freestyle, but Ben Wampler ’12 of Williams touched the wall in 44.89 for an “A” cut.
Amherst placed two swimmers in the top-eight of the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly. In the breaststroke, sophomores Bart Federak (Towaco, NJ) and Mike O’Connor (Cold Spring Harbor, NY) finished third (2:06.91) and fifth (2:07.82), respectively, with a pair of provisional qualifying times. In the 200 fly, senior co-captain Hunter Mims (Fairfax Station, VA) placed sixth (1:55.95) and was followed closely by junior Ryan Colby (Birdsboro, PA), who swam a 1:56.51.
The final event of the weekend was the 400-yard freestyle relay, in which Middlebury edged Amherst by 1.46 seconds. Joining Lichtenfels and Fraser were senior co-captain Tad Homchick (Mercer Island, WA) and sophomore Ben McBratney (Evanston, IL), who teamed up for an NCAA “B” time of 3:02.58.
With a successful 6-2 dual meet season and eight conference titles under their belts, the Lord Jeffs will not return to action until they head to the University of Minnesota for the NCAA Championships. The four-day national event will begin Wednesday, Mar. 17.
200-Yard Freestyle: Alex Fraser ’11
500-Yard Freestyle: Alex Fraser ’11
1650-Yard Freestyle: Ryan Lichtenfels ’12
100-Yard Breaststroke: Ben McBratney ’12
200-Yard Backstroke: Tim White ’12
200-Yard IM: Ben McBratney ’12
400-Yard IM: Ryan Lichtenfels ’12
800-Yard Freestyle Relay: Ryan Lichtenfels ’12, Time White ’12, Ryan Colby ’11, Alex Fraser ’11
Amherst College Day Three Results (Only Listed if Top 8)
* NCAA “A”
^ NCAA “B”
Ryan Lichtenfels – 1st (15:45.02) *
Tim White – 1st (1:51.20) ^
Daniel Schwab – 3rd (1:52.06) ^
Reid Fitzgerald – 6th (1:54.36) ^
Alex Fraser – 2nd (45.24) ^
Bart Federak – 3rd (2:06.91) ^
Mike O’Connor – 5th (2:07.82) ^
Hunter Mims – 6th (1:55.95)
Ryan Colby – 8th (1:56.51)
400-Yard Freestyle Relay
Tad Homchick, Ben McBratney, Ryan Lichtenfels, Alex Fraser – 2nd (3:02.58) ^