Men’s swimming

Men’s swimming and diving (4-0) extended its undefeated streak after a dominating 144-97 victory over rival Amherst on Saturday. En route to the team’s 11th consecutive regular season win, the Ephs won nine events and four swimmers gained NCAA championship consideration times.

The Ephs began the meet under pressure both to break the Jeffs’ unbeaten record and to avenge the women’s defeat earlier that day. Not prepared to disappoint, the men took both first and second in the 400 medley. Gary Roberson ’11 followed up with a dominating 11-second victory in the 1000 freestyle with time of 9:40.16.

Amherst regained the upper hand when it took first and second in the 200 freestyle, narrowly touching out Michael Kirwan ’08, but Amherst would not go on to win any other individual swimming event that day.

Ben Wampler ’11 silenced the Jeffs when he won the 50 freestyle with a pool record and national B-cut consideration time of 21.15. Chris Millen ’08 nabbed another win for the Ephs in the 200 IM. Norman Scott ’09 raced an incredible time of 1:51.08 in the 200 butterfly, qualifying as an NCAA A-cut consideration time and pool record. Scott’s time also places him second nationwide for the 200 butterfly. Alex Wentworth-Ping ’08 and Tim Ryan ’09 helped complete the men’s first 1-2-3 finish of the day in that event.

Wampler continued his success in the 100 freestyle with a narrow 0.09 second victory. Co-captain Ben Bullitt ’08, Worth Macdonald ’11 and Sam Blum ’10 claimed the second 1-2-3 finish in the 200 backstroke, followed by more dominating performances by Roberson and Kirwan in the 500 freestyle. Tyler Bonewell ’09 paced the 200 breaststroke with a national B-cut and pool record-setting time of 2:07.13. Henry Felker ’08 also claimed a national B-cut in the event. Chris Milliken ’10 placed third on the 3m against highly experienced divers. The day concluded with the Jeffs’ second swimming victory in the 400 freestyle relay.

“Coming into the meet we thought it might be much closer than it ended up being. It just shows that the hard work that we do really pays off,” Head Coach Steve Kuster said. “Being a part of this great rivalry is really a highlight of the swim season and to come out with a victory is always something that we can be proud of.”

The Ephs look to continue their undefeated streak at their upcoming meet on Jan. 19 when they swim against Wesleyan and Tufts.

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