Jeffs Finish 2nd at NESCAC Championships
Ryan Lichtenfels '12 was crowned a NESCAC champion
in the 1,650-yard freestyle for the fourth consecutive year.
Contact: Justin Long
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Amherst College men’s swimming and diving team finished the NESCAC Championships in second place, setting a new program record with an impressive 1,959 points during the three-day meet.
Williams took the team title with 2,011 points, marking the smallest margin of victory in the championship’s history. The Lord Jeffs earned 344.5 more points than they did a year ago, but the Ephs once again capitalized on their depth to pick up the victory in their own pool.
Amherst began the day in a 52.5-point hole, but Ryan Lichtenfels ’12 helped the Jeffs regain the lead by winning the 1,650-yard freestyle for the fourth time in as many years with an NCAA ‘B’ time of 15:43.96. Fellow senior co-captain Tim White was close behind in second (15:47.20, NCAA ‘B’), as four Amherst swimmers placed in the top six with ‘B’ cuts.
The Jeffs padded their lead by placing three in the top eight of the 200-yard backstroke, with Conor Deveney ’15 leading the way by finishing second and just missing out on a school record and NCAA ‘A’ cut (1:49.57). Amherst bumped its lead to 75 points when Connor Sholtis ’15 came in as the runner-up in the 100-yard freestyle (45.53, NCAA ‘B’), while Tyler Hampton ’15 finished sixth in the event (46.82).
Left to Right: Tim White '12, Ryan Lichtenfels '12,
Ben McBratney '12, Bart Federak '12, Mike O'Connor '12.
The Ephs took the lead for good by featuring five of the eight best times in the 200-yard breaststroke, as the Jeffs trailed 1,776 to 1,761 with three events to go. Leading Amherst in the 200 breast were seniors Bart Federak (6th, 2:06.60) and Mike O’Connor (7th, 2:06.87), with Federak earning a ‘B’ cut.
Williams put the meet out of reach with a strong showing in the 200-yard butterfly. Amherst’s Tyler Bulakul ’14 (1:51.47, NCAA ‘B’) and Michael Rochford ’15 (1:52.09, NCAA ‘B’) placed second and third, respectively, but the Ephs increased their lead to 90 points heading into the final diving event.
Amherst’s young divers helped narrow the deficit by wrapping up an impressive weekend on the 3-meter board. Colin White ’14 finished second with a score of 504.70 and Mark Idleman ’15 took fifth (443.75), as the two Lord Jeffs matched their placement from Friday’s 1-meter dive. This is the second consecutive year White finished as the runner-up in both diving events.
The Jeffs closed the weekend by winning both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ heats of the 400-yard freestyle relay, but it wasn’t enough to catch the Ephs. Beating out the field with an NCAA provisional time of 3:02.89 in the final heat were Ben McBratney ’12, Lichtenfels, Hampton and Sholtis, marking the third win McBratney was a part of during the meet.
For complete team standings and more information from the NESCAC Championships, visit the conference’s website.
AMHERST COLLEGE NESCAC INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS
Ben McBratney '12 (50-yard breaststroke, 100-yard breaststroke)
Ryan Lichtenfels '12 (500-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle)
400-yard freestyle relay (Ben McBratney, Ryan Lichtenfels, Tyler Hampton, Connor Sholtis)
AMHERST COLLEGE DAY 3 RESULTS (ONLY LISTED IF TOP 8)
* NCAA 'A' ^ NCAA 'B' $ NESCAC Record & Meet Record % Pool Record @ Amherst Record
Ryan Lichtenfels - 1st (15:43.96) ^
Tim White - 2nd (15:47.20) ^
Conor McAuliffe - 5th (16:00.82) ^
Ben Grimes - 6th (16:07.91) ^
Conor Deveney - 2nd (1:49.57) ^
Daniel Schwab - 6th (1:53.41) ^
Brandon Brown - 8th (1:56.14)
Connor Sholtis - 2nd (45.53) ^
Tyler Hampton - 6th (46.82)
Bart Federak - 6th (2:06.60) ^
Mike O'Connor - 7th (2:06.87)
Tyler Bulakul - 2nd (1:51.47) ^
Michael Rochford - 3rd (1:52.09) ^
Colin White - 2nd (504.70) ^
Mark Idleman - 5th (443.75) ^
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Ben McBratney, Ryan Lichtenfels, Tyler Hampton, Connor Sholtis - 1st (3:02.89) ^
RESULTS * DAY 1 RECAP * DAY 2 RECAP * CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE