Young swimmers shine in meet

Men’s swimming and diving (4-2) cruised to decisive victories last Saturday over conference foes Conn. College and Wesleyan, winning 183-105 and 240-46, respectively. These wins came after a tough loss to Amherst on Jan. 11. Before the break, the men lost to Boston College (182-115) after dispatching Union (205-88) in their second meet of the season.

The men started off strongly with a huge win in the 200 medley relay, posting a blistering time of 1:33.92, just two seconds higher than the school record. Jake Tamposi ’16, had a particularly outstanding swim, splitting a 25.75, allowing the Ephs to take and maintain the lead in the event.

In the mile event, distance standout Christian Gronbeck ’15 continued his domination of long-distance events with a first place finish, clocking in at an impressive 16:04.23. Adrien Downey ’15 came in second with a time of 16:47.94, and Alex Flick ’16 rounded off the top three with a time of 16:56.32.

The Ephs also took the top two spots in the 200 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke. Grant Johnson ’17 cruised to first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:43.30, while Will Brown ’15 took the second spot with a time of 1:45.62. In the 100 breaststroke, Tamposi and Knox Young ’16 took the first and second spots, coming in at 58.34 and 59.59, respectively.

In the 200 backstroke, Alex McCarter ’16 nabbed the first place spot with a time of 1:55.08.

The 200 IM was another strong event for the Ephs as Nathaniel Boley ’17 and Colin Hogan ’17 took the top two spots, with Boley touching at 1:58.04 and Hogan coming in

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at 1:58.49. McCarter and Jon Yin ’16 took third and fourth place, posting times of 1:59.69 and 1:59.88, respectively.

The Ephs also swam well in the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet of Alex Nanda ’15, McCarter, John Hammond ’16 and Johnson touched with a time of 3:10.10 to take the first-place spot just ahead of the Conn. College swimmers.

“I was very pleased with our performance this past weekend,” commented captain Chris Greeno ’14. “Our [first-years] and sophomores in particular really stepped up this meet and came up with some huge wins and amazingly fast swims.”

The men will race at home against MIT and Middlebury this Friday and Saturday.


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