All-NESCAC Honors Flood In for Jeffs
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HADLEY, Mass. – Conor Deveny ’15, Connor Sholtis ’15 and Sam Stewart ’16 earned All-NESCAC honors in six events each to headline a list of 13 Lord Jeffs who received a total of 42 all-conference awards after a runner-up team performance at the 2013 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by Wesleyan last weekend.
With All-NESCAC distinction given to the top three finishers in each event, Stewart (pictured) was one of the brightest stars for Amherst, earning conference Rookie of the Meet honors after a torrid first two days in the pool. The first-year broke a pair of school records, winning the 100-meter butterfly with a NESCAC meet-record time of 48.09 then taking second in the 50 fly in 21.98. Stewart also touched the wall second in the 50-yard freestyle (21.00) while contributing to the winning 400-yard medley relay team, the second-place 200-yard freestyle relay and the third-place 200-yard medley relay.
In similar fashion, Deveney earned All-NESCAC in three individual events as well as three relays. The sophomore standout took the crown in the 200-yard backstroke (1:48.78) before tying teammate Matt Heise ’16 as first to the wall in the 50 back (23.68) and taking second in the 100 back (50.22). Deveney joined Stewart on the 400 MR, which set new meet and pool records, as well as the 200 FR, while also setting helping the winning 400-yard freestyle relay set a new pool record in 3:02.48.
Meanwhile, Sholtis won the 100-yard freestyle (45.52) and took second in the 200 free (1:39.93) in addition to contributing on four All-NESCAC relay performances. The sophomore joined Deveney in the 400 FR, 200 FR and 400 MR, while also helping the 800-yard freestyle relay to a second-place time of 6:47.38.
In addition to his dramatic tie with Deveney in the 50 back, Heise added three more all-conference awards as the rookie placed second in the 200 back (1:49.71) and third in the 100 back (50.44) while teaming up with Stewart, Tyler Hampton ’15 and Tom Zhang ’16 in the 200 MR. Zhang was a third first-year phenom for Amherst, winning the 100-yard breaststroke in a pool-record time of 56.85 seconds while also joining Deveney, Sholtis and Stewart in the winning 400 MR. Hampton added all-conference nods in the 400 FR and 200 FR.
Continuing the remarkable efforts of the Jeffs’ rookie class, Jeff Anderson ’16 grabbed a trio of All-NESCAC recognitions, placing second in both the 200-yard butterfly (1:50.33) and the 400-yard individual medley (3:59.34) while contributing to the second-place 800 FR. Ahead of Anderson in the 200 fly was teammate Tyler Bulakul ’14, whose dominant time of 1:48.36 set new Amherst, meet and pool records before the junior added a second all-conference nod as part of the 400 FR.
Starring in the long-distance freestyle events, Conor McAuliffe ’14 earned All-NESCAC with second-place efforts in the both the 1000 free and 1650 free. Fellow junior freestylers Nick Egan and Parker Moody picked up a pair of all-conference honors each as both contributed to the 800 FR while Egan took third in the 200 free (1:40.87) and Moody third in the 500 free (4:33.46).
Finally, Colin White ’14 headlined the Amherst divers’ efforts with a pair of All-NESCAC awards. The junior starred on the one-meter board, breaking the conference, Amherst and championship meet records with a score of 542.00, before placing second in the three-meter competition at 523.05. Asher Lichtig ’16 also picked up an all-conference nod at one meters, scoring a 478.35.
Complete All-NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Team