Jeffs Finish Second at NESCAC Championships
Contact: Mike O'Brien
BRUNSWICK, Maine – With 15 top-eight finishes on day three of the 2014 NESCAC Championships, the Amherst men’s swimming and diving team finished second overall for the fourth consecutive year.
Williams won its 12th consecutive title with 1,849 points followed by Amherst (1,750) and Conn. College (1,468). Rounding out the top-five was Tufts in fourth with 1,147 points and Bowdoin in fifth with 777.5. Bates finished in sixth place (777), with Middlebury (739) and Hamilton (458) in seventh and eighth, respectively. Colby edged Wesleyan in the final day of competition at Greason Pool to finish ninth with 389 points while the Cardinals placed 10th (377.5). Trinity rounded out the field of 11 with 352 points.
Amherst excelled in the first event of the day, claiming four top-eight finishes in the 1,650 yard freestyle. Leading the way was Parker Moody ’14 with a second-place finish in 15:50.17. Touching shortly after in third was teammate Connor Haley ’17 (16:01.31). John Brody ’17 placed fifth with a mark of 16:05.20 and Conor McAuliffe ’14 took eighth in 16:17.83. All four times were NCAA ‘B’ cuts.
In the 200 back, reigning champion Conor Deveney ’15 finished fifth overall with a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:49.43 and sophomore Mathew Heise placed seventh with another NCAA ‘B’ cut mark of 1:50.07.
Despite recording a faster time then he did a year ago in the 100 free, Connor Sholtis ’15 was narrowly edged by Sam Gill ’14 of Conn. College and was unable to defend his title. Gill finished in 45.14, touching ahead of Sholtis who placed second in 45.30. The junior’s time was a NCAA ‘B’ cut while teammate Tyler Hampton ’15 finished eighth in 47.10.
The Jeffs claimed four more NCAA ‘B’ cut times in the next two events. First-year Greg Han paced Amherst in the 200 breast with a second-place finish in 2:03.85. Classmate Reed Patterson finished shortly after, earning fifth in 2:05.33.
Amherst put together another strong showing in the 200 fly. The reigning champion, Bulakul, took second overall in 1:49.19 and Jeff Anderson ’16 touched shortly after to finish third with a time of 1:49.33, both NCAA ‘B’ cut marks.
In the 1-meter dive, Colin White ’14 and Mark Idleman ’15 took third and fourth, respectively. White recorded 515.95 points and Idleman scored 485.10.
The last event of the day featured another second-place finish from the Jeffs. The 400 free relay team of Deveney, Hampton, Bulakul and Sholtis swam to a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 3:05.09.
Amherst returns to the pool Wednesday, Mar. 19 for the NCAA Championships hosted by IUPUI.
AMHERST COLLEGE DAY THREE RESULTS (Only listed if Top 8)
* NCAA ‘A’ Cut
^ NCAA ‘B’ Cut
# Meet Record
% Pool Record
@ Amherst Record
Parker Moody – 2nd (15:50.17) ^
Connor Haley – 3rd (16:01.31) ^
John Brody – 5th (16:05.20) ^
Conor McAuliffe – 8th (16:17.83) ^
Conor Deveney – 5th (1:49.43) ^
Mathew Heise – 7th (1:50.07) ^
Connor Sholtis – 2nd (45.30) ^
Tyler Hampton – 8th (47.10)
Greg Han – 2nd (2:03.85) ^
Reed Patterson – 5th (2:05.33) ^
Tyler Bulakul – 2nd (1:49.19) ^
Jeff Anderson – 3rd (1:49.33) ^
Colin White – 3rd (515:95)
Mark Idleman – 4th (485.10)
400 Freestyle Relay
Conor Deveney, Tyler Hampton, Tyler Bulakul, Connor Sholtis – 2nd (3:05.09) ^