Men’s swimming and diving started off the 2013-14 season last Friday on a high note, cruising to an easy victory over Springfield 194.5-104.5.
The men started the meet off strong, sweeping the first event, the 400 IM relay, taking first, second and third place over Springfield. The quartet of Alex McCarter ’16, Tim Lattimer ’15, Grant Johnson ’17 and Nels Snyder ’16 turned in the winning time of 3:33.91. The Ephs followed this up with an equally impressive sweep of the 1000 freestyle, led by Jake Tamposi ’16, who touched in 9:54.59 to win. Peter McDonald ’16 and Jack Ferguson ’17 followed Tamposi, taking second and third, respectively.
Ben Lin ’17 and Nathaniel Boley ’17 had very impressive races to start off their college careers. Lin won the 100 backstroke decisively with a time of 51.19, followed by Boley, who took second with a time of 53.88. Fellow rookie Johnson also had a great first meet, winning the 100 freestyle in a time of 48.49 and the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.97.
The men also saw some standout performances from Christian Gronbeck ’15 and Will Brown ’15. Gronbeck won the 200 butterfly by over five seconds, clocking an incredibly fast time of 1:56.32. Brown touched in a time of 22.46 in the 50 freestyle, which was enough to earn him first place, just ahead of John Hammond ’16, who finished with a time of 22.55.
The Ephs ended the meet by sweeping the 200 freestyle relay. The quartet of Alex Nanda ’15, McCarter, Johnson and Snyder took the first-place spot, clocking a time of 1:27.71, just ahead of the Williams ‘B’ relay, which finished in 1:28.78.
“The team looked great,” co-captain Chris Greeno ’14 said. “I think we were impressed with everyone’s performance, given that we’ve only had two weeks of training. I think we’re setting ourselves up well for conference meets come January, and the freshman class in particular stepped up and put up some fast times in their first meet.”
The men will host Union this Saturday in their home opener at 12 p.m. in the Samuelson-Muir Pool.