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Jeffs Cruise Past Middlebury, 183-100

KowalskiContact: Ben Badua


AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst men’s swimming and diving team improved to 4-0 on the season with a decisive 183-100 dual-meet victory over NESCAC rival Middlebury College.

Opening the day with the 200-yard medley relay, Conor Deveney ’15, Tom Zhang ’16, Tyler Bulakul ’14 and Connor Sholtis ’15 posted the Jeffs’ first victory with a time of 1:35.12. Amherst’s Connor Haley ’17 finished nearly six seconds ahead of Middlebury’s Michael McGean ’17 in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:52.81, while Nick Egan ’14 edged out the Panthers’ Ian MacKay ’14 in the 200-free (1:44.93).

Matthew Heise ’16, Aron Reynolds ’14 and Rishi Kowalski ’16 finished 1-2-3 in the 100-yard backstroke with times of 52.39, 54.06 and 56.71, respectively, while Gregory Han ’17 (58.68) and Alex Kang ’15 (1:00.56) took the top two spots in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Bulakul, Sebastian Cruz ’16 and Reed Patterson ’17 kept Amherst rolling by sweeping the top three positions in the 200-yard butterfly, while first-year Alex Dreisbach touched in just four one hundredths of a second ahead of Middlebury’s Bryan Cheuk ’16 in the 50-free with a  time of 22.13.

Winning the 1-meter dive, Colin White ’14 (293.25) edged out teammate JD Nurme ’17 (210.97), while Sholtis took home the 100-yard freestyle title with a time of 46.72. With Amherst swimmers taking the top three slots in the 200-back led by Deveney’s time of 1:53.95, Han posted his second triumph of the afternoon, clocking in at 2:06.85 in the 200-yard breaststroke.

After taking a break for the holidays, Amherst will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Williams.