Men’s swimming sharpens strokes at Midd. Invite

Men’s swimming and diving (6-2) closed out the regular season last weekend with strong individual performances at the unscored Middlebury Invitational. The men also defeated Springfield 202-95 on Jan. 21. 

Chris Weihs ’15 turned in a strong performance to take sixth in the 100 freestyle last weekend at the unscored Middlebury Invite.
Chris Weihs ’15 turned in a strong performance to take sixth in the 100 freestyle last weekend at the unscored Middlebury Invite.

At the Middlebury Invitational, the men competed against Amherst and Springfield and turned in several top times. In the 200 breaststroke, Paul Dyrkacz ’13 and Chris Corbett ’13 claimed first and second in times of 2:08.29 and 2:10.83, respectively. Dyrkacz went on to claim victory in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 1:00.03. Corbett and DJ Taylor ’13 placed first and third, respectively, in the 400 IM. Corbett touched the wall in 4:13.13, and Taylor finished in a time of 4:19.46.

Tom Vieth ’13 and Christian Gronbeck ’15 went head-to-head in the 500 freestyle, with Vieth clinching first at 4:39.89, pulling in one second ahead of Gronbeck, who touched the wall in 4:40.59. John Armstrong ’13 placed fourth in 4:42.13. In the 100 freestyle, Chris Weihs ’15 swam to sixth in a time of 49.17.

In the 200 butterfly, Andrew Nemeth ’15 claimed first in 1:57:12. He was followed by Will Brown ’15 in third at 1:59.13, Tim Lattimer ’15 in fourth at 2:00.25, co-captain Ryan Marrano ’12 in fifth at 2:01.26 and Sean Sutherland ’14 in sixth at 2:01.73.

Rohan Bhatt ’15 dove to victory in the one-meter, earning 478.50 points. The rookie finished second in the three-meter with 470.7 points. Alex Long ’12 claimed fourth in both events.

The men took a decisive victory over Springfield on Jan. 21, with the Ephs beating out the Pride 202-95. In the 1000 freestyle, Taylor claimed first in 9:58.42, edging out Weihs, who finished second in 9:59.20.

Dyrkacz put on a formidable performance in the 100 backstroke, finishing with a time of 54.06. The Eph also topped the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:56.14. Gronbeck touched the wall just behind Dyrkacz in the event to claim second in 2:01.02. The Eph went on to win the 200 freestyle in a personal-record time of 1:44.65. Philip Treesh ’13 took second behind him in 1:47.48, while co-captain Greg McElroy ’12 claimed first in the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:13.30.

In the 100 breaststroke, Corbett and Chris Greeno ’14 took home first and second with times of 1:01.24 and 1:02.95, respectively. Williams swept the podium in the 500 freestyle: Corbett earned first in 4:50.03, Alex Nanda ’15 took second in 4:57.96 and Scott Symonds ’13 claimed third in 5:02.13.

The Ephs also swept the 200 butterfly and the 100 freestyle. Brown claimed first by a narrow margin in the 200 butterfly, finishing with a time of 2:00.28. In the 100 freestyle, Vieth touched the wall first in 48.26, Treesh snared second in 48.69 and Nemeth claimed third in 49.47. In the 100 butterfly, Thad Ricotta ’15 secured first with a time of 52.62.

Bhatt took first in the one-meter with 253.27 points and second in the three-meter with a score of 260.86.

“The win at Springfield was solid,” McElroy said. “It was a good way to finish strong and transition into the championship part of our season with some good swims under our belts.”

“We have team goals that we are all working towards as a single unit,” Marrano said.

The men next compete on Feb. 24, when they host the NESCAC Championships. “We need to continue to improve over the next three weeks if we are going to be ready to compete for a conference title,” Head Coach Steve Kuster said. “It’s taper time and time to refine skills and get ready to race.”