Men’s swimming drops Fordham, excels at Div. I meet

Men’s swimming and diving traveled to Fordham last weekend to challenge Div. I opponents Fordham and Boston College. Strong swims across the board led to a very solid meet for the men, who beat Fordham 156-140 and narrowly lost to Boston College 154-140.  On Nov. 17, the men traveled to Union, where they easily dispatched the Bulldogs 219-79.

Standout Paul Dyrkacz ’13 had another solid meet at Fordham, earning three individual wins. The senior captured the 100 and 200 breaststroke in 58.46 and 2:04.83, respectively, and the 200 IM with a blistering time of 1:53.92. Co-captain John Armstrong ’13 also notched several impressive swims, finishing third in the 1000 freestyle in a time of 9:49.49 and fourth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:45.64. DJ Taylor ’13 finished fourth in the 200 backstroke and third in the 100 backstroke, and co-captain Tom Vieth ’13 finished third in the 200 freestyle and fifth in the 100 freestyle.

Christian Gronbeck ’15 also had an outstanding meet, coming in second in both 500 and 1000 freestyle with finishing times of 4:39 and 9:36.35, respectively. Chris Weihs ’15 also claimed two solid finishes, rounding out both the 500 and 200 freestyle in fifth after touching the wall in 4:52.70 and 1:44.95, respectively. Weihs was also a member of the second-place 400 freestyle relay squad, which benefited from strong swims by Vieth, Will Brown ’15 and Alexander Nanda ’15.

There were several breakout swims for the rookie class as well. Knox Young ’16 finished fourth in the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:56.70, fifth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:11.14 and third in the 200 IM in 1:56.35. Alex McCarter ’16 also contributed to the solid rookie performance, earning a fourth-place finish in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.96 and an eighth-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.42.

“This meet is one of our longest and typically most daunting, resulting in a day of work that often exceeds 12 hours,” Armstrong said. “We made a concerted effort this year to stay fired up and supportive throughout the meet, and it paid off with fast in-season times across the board.”

The win over Fordham and the loss to Boston College brings the men to a record of 2-1 after triumphing over Union in their season opener before Thanksgiving. The men trounced Union, claiming a 219-79 victory to start their season on Nov. 17.

Dyrkacz led the way again for the Ephs, winning the 100 breaststroke and 200 backstroke events in 58.46 and 1:54.04, respectively. Rookie Jake Tamposi ’16 had a standout meet, earning his first collegiate victory in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:46.65. Adrien Downey ’15 also earned his first victory in the 1000 freestyle, touching the wall in 9:59.24.

On the diving side, Rohan Bhatt ’15, coming off an injury last year which prevented him from competing at the conference championship last year, notched his highest career scores in both the one-meter and three-meter springboard events. He won both events, collecting 301.43 and 325.04 points in the one-meter and three-meter, respectively.

The men will now look to the upcoming weekend, when they will face conference rival Conn. College away on Saturday at 1 p.m.