Amherst Men Ready for NESCAC Championships at Middlebury
From a NESCAC Release
AMHERST, MA – Amherst College will search for its first swimming and diving conference title this weekend, as Middlebury College hosts the 2008 NESCAC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The three-day event begins on Friday, Feb. 29 and concludes on Sunday, Mar. 2 with preliminary heats in the morning and championship races in the evening at the Middlebury Natatorium in Mddlebury, Vermont.
Williams College, winner of the last five NESCAC Men’s Swimming and Diving titles, will look for an unprecedented sixth NESCAC crown this weekend. Williams broke the 2,000-point barrier at the NESCAC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships last winter for the second year in a row, winning the championship by 711.5 points over runner-up Amherst - the largest margin of victory in meet history.
In the hunt for the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle crowns is Amherst junior Christian Witzke (Jacksonville, FL), who finished third in last year’s 200. The long distance freestyle events may be up for grabs and feature a multitude of first-time competitors, including Ryan Colby (Birdsboro, PA) of Amherst.
In diving, the Amherst duo of Kai Robinson (Vashon, WA) and Connor Boyd (Northridge, CA) hopes to have a solid performance in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Boyd was the runner-up in the 1-meter last year and finished third in the 3-meter. Robinson has had a remarkable season with the Jeffs and holds the top score in the conference to date for both dives.
Competition will get underway each day with preliminary heats at 10 a.m. Finals will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, 5:50 p.m. Saturday, and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5 per session or $25 for a weekend pass for adults and $2 per session or $10 for a weekend pass for children and students. Doors will open two hours prior to the heats and finals. A complete championship schedule along with real-time results will be available at www.nescac.com.