Amherst Drops Dual Meet at MIT, 185-115
Contact: Mike O'Brien
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Amherst men’s swimming & diving team suffered its first setback of the 2014 season on Saturday afternoon after dropping a 185-115 dual meet to MIT at Zesiger Center Pool.
Following the loss, the Jeffs are now 5-1 in dual meets this season.
Highlighting the day for Amherst was Conor Deveney ’15. The junior touched first in the 200 yard backstroke, pacing the field with a time of 1:53.21. He also took second in the 100 back with a time of 51.89 seconds.
The Jeffs swept the diving events. Colin White ’14 won the first event of the day for Amherst when he earned 344.93 points in the 3 meter dive. Teammate Mark Idleman ’15 placed second with 289.20 points. Later in the day, the Jeffs claimed first through third in the 1 meter dive. Leading the way was Asher Lichtig ’16 who won the event with 313.42 points to edge out Idleman. Idleman finished second (312.53) and White took third (297.45).
Other top performances on the day came from Tyler Bulakul ’14 and Greg Han ’17. Bulakul won the 100 fly in 50.40 seconds while Han claimed two second place finishes. The first-year narrowly edged MIT’s Alex Luh ’17 in the 200 IM to claim second with a mark of 1:57.20, while Luh finished in 1:57.22. Han also took home second in the 100 breast with a mark of 58.74.
Jeff Anderson ’16, Nick Egan ’14, Connor Haley ’17 and Parker Moody ’14 also grabbed second place finishes on the day. Anderson took second in the 200 fly (1:53.78), Egan grabbed second in the 200 free (1:45.36), Haley finished the 1,000 yard freestyle in 9:56.09 and Moody touched the 500 free in 4:48.58. Keegan Simmons ’17 also posted a strong finish in the 200 free event and took third in 1:45.73.
Amherst also had a sold showing in the 100 free in which Connor Sholtis ’15 and Vic Sun ’16 took third and fourth, respectively. Sholtis finished in 48.20, edging Sun who placed in 48.25.
The Jeffs return to the pool on Friday, Jan. 31 for the two-day Middlebury Invitational.