Bulakul, First-Years Lead Jeffs at Wesleyan
Contact: Matthew Hart
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Sam Stewart ’16 and Tyler Bulakul ’14 each posted NCAA B-cut times in the 100-yard butterfly as the Amherst College men’s swimming and diving team improved to 2-0 in dual meets on the young season with a strong performance at Wesleyan University Monday night. Outscoring the host Cardinals 168-96, the Lord Jeffs defeated their second NESCAC opponent in three days after a home win over Colby in Saturday’s season opener.
Stewart turned heads in his second collegiate meet, posting a stellar time of 50.17 seconds in the 100 fly, well under the provisional qualifying mark of 50.59.
Bulakul was right behind the rookie, finishing in 50.43. The junior enjoyed a terrific all-around meet, also winning the 100-yard backstroke in 52.00 seconds, just .23 seconds away from a second B-cut performance. In the meet’s opening event, Bulakul teamed up with sophomores Brandon Brown, Alex Kang and Tyler Hampton to win an exciting 200-yard Medley Relay in 1:38.76, edging Wesleyan’s top foursome by .63 seconds.
In addition to Stewart, a pair of other rookies starred in the water for Amherst. Jeff Anderson ’16 showed off his versatility, posting a dual-meet pool record time of 4:10.40 in the 400-yard IM after winning the 200 fly (1:54.20) earlier in the evening as he missed a B-cut time by just .33 seconds. Vic Sun ’16, meanwhile, snuck past older teammates to win a pair of events, edging Parker Moody ’14 by just .02 seconds in the 200 free (1:46.56) before finishing .08 seconds ahead of Hampton in the 100 free (48.59).
Conor Deveney ’15 had a strong meet for Amherst as well, missing a B-cut by just .22 seconds while setting a dual-meet pool record in the 200-yard backstroke (1:53.49). The sophomore was also strong in the 100 back, following closely behind Bulakul for a second-place finish in 52.43 seconds.
While the performance did not count toward Amherst’s team score, diver Asher Lichtig ’16 was another first-year standout for the Jeffs, setting a new dual-meet site standard by earning a 305.70 in the 1-meter competition. Lichtig also turned in a solid showing on the 3-meter board with a score of 287.70.
Four other Jeffs posted individual victories for Amherst, with Conor McAuliffe ’14 winning the 1000-yard freestyle (10:10.59) and Connor Sholtis ’15 taking the 50 free (21.97) before Stephen Goldberg ’16 touched the wall first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:16.81) and Moody prevailed in the 500 free (4:51.18).
After breaking for Thanksgiving, Amherst will be back in the water on Saturday, Dec. 1, traveling to Middlebury for a dual meet beginning at 1 p.m.