Men’s swimming finishes 10th at NCAA championships

The men’s swimming and diving team scored 123 points to place tenth at this year’s NCAA championships, held March 16-18 at Emory University in Atlanta. Kenyon College won the meet with 670.5 points. Denison was the runner up with 317.

On the first day of competition, two individuals and two relays scored for Williams. Cyrus King ’00 swam 1:54.38 in the 200-yard individual medley for 11th place. Tri-captain Chris Wendell ’00 took 16th in the one meter diving competition with 372.20 points.

The 200-yard freestyle relay of John Cole ’00, Daniel Morales ’02, Brian Strickler ’01 and Geoff Allen ’01 swam to 15th place in 1:25.87. The 400-yard medley relay of King, Greg Kim ’02, Morales and Allen touched in at 3:29.83 for 12th.

On the second day, King took 12th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.03.

The 200-yard medley relay of King, Kim, Morales and Allen swam 1:35.63 for 12th, and the 800-yard freestyle relay of King, Morales, Paul Friedberg ’01 and Jeff McBride ’02 placed fifth in 6:54.15.

The final day of competition was the strongest for the Ephs, as five individuals and one relay scored points. Ben Doob ’02 and McBride started the evening well, with both placing in the 1650-yard freestyle. Doob captured 11th place with a time of 16:09.47. McBride swam to 16th in a time of 16:20.91.

Williams had two individuals score in the 200-yard backstroke as well. King placed fifth with a blistering 1:51.38, and Todd Gamblin ‘02 swam to 12th in 1:52.74.

Williams wrapped up the meet with a pair of eighth place finishes; Wendell captured eighth place on the three meter board with a score of 378.10, and the 400-yard freestyle relay of King, Morales, Cole and Allen swam a time of 3:07.39.