Men’s swimming out-touched at MIT, dominate rival Amherst

Men’s swimming and diving (3-1-1) traveled to Boston last Friday to take on one of the strongest teams in Div. III in MIT. Despite some exceptional swims, the Ephs fell short, losing to the Engineers 162-126. Before this disappointing loss, the men dispatched Amherst 157-86 on Jan. 5. Prior to winter break, the men destroyed Conn. College on Dec. 8 with a final score of 190-98.

Last Friday against MIT Christian Gronbeck ’15 led the Ephs with two extremely fast swims, placing first in the 1650 freestyle in a time of 16:05.73, as well as in the 500 freestyle with a final time of 4:38.50. Co-captain John Armstrong ’13 also swam very well in his first 1650 freestyle of the season, finishing fourth in a time of 16:34.56.

Co-captain Tom Vieth ’13 and Alex McCarter ’16 had very strong swims as well, placing second and third in the 200 freestyle, with times of 1:43.66 and 1:43.97, respectively. DJ Taylor ’13 similarly helped keep the Ephs in the meet, with a second place finish in the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:54.84.

The men will look toward some rematches with MIT this year at the Div. III NCAA national meet.

On Jan. 5, the men faced rival Amherst and put up a convincing victory, beating the Jeffs 157-86. Gronbeck and Adrien Downey ’15, along with Armstrong, set the tone for the meet, sweeping the 1000 freestyle with times of 9:32.13, 9:53.22 and 9:49.22, respectively.

Daeus Jorento ’13 came up with a big win, out-touching Amherst’s Sam Stewart by .02 seconds to win the 50 freestyle. Nels Snyder ’16 also had a strong swim in this event, touching third in a time of 21.63.

The Ephs swept the 200 IM, with Paul Dyrkacz ’13 finishing first in a time of 1:52.18, Knox Young ’16 finishing second in 1:53.89 and Tim Lattimer ’15 taking third in 1:55.03.

The Ephs continued their strong performance by taking first through third in the 100 freestyle. Vieth touched first with a time of 46.81, while Snyder and McCarter came in second and third with times of 47.03 and 47.22, respectively.

“This year the meet was one of our fastest duel meets in recent memory, with tons of great swims across the board,” Vieth said. “It was great to come back this year with a win, after losing so badly last year, and now we just have to keep the intensity up going into NESCACs and Nationals.”

The Ephs will battle the Jeffs again soon at NESCACs on Feb. 22-24.

Before the break the men took on Conn. College on Dec. 8, coming out with a decisive victory of 190-98. Dyrkacz had very strong swims in the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle, touching in a time of 1:43.08 to take first in the 200 freestyle and 47.21 to take the top spot in the 100 freestyle.

The Ephs have a busy weekend ahead of them. The men host Springfield on Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by a dual meet with Wesleyan and Tufts on Sunday at 1 p.m.