February 24, 2013

Records Fall as Men's Swimming Finishes Sixth at NESCAC's

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Bowdoin College men's swimming and diving team recorded its second-best finish ever at the NESCAC Championship after putting together a sixth-place finish over the weekend at Wesleyan University.

The Polar Bears set four new school records en route to a well-rounded team performance. Ryan Kulesza now owns a pair of records in the 200 and 400 IM making him the top IM swimmer in college history. No individual has held both records at the same time in recent history. The 200 record (1:55.22) fell to Kulesza's swim of 1:54.42. Kulesza's eighth place finish in the 400 (4:05.34) secured his second school record, which had previously stood at 4:06.80.

Peter Deardorff tied the school record, held by Matt Hammond, in the 200 freestyle event with a time of 1:43.91. Breaking a record that has stood since 2001 (2:09.63), JR Chansakul went 2:07.23 in the 200 breaststroke for the Polar Bears.

Other top showings included a pair of top-eight finishes from first-year Kevin Koh and junior Chris Granata. Koh finished in the eighth slot for the 50 butterfly (22.84) while Granata finished seventh in the 200 butterfly (1:53.13). Linc Rhodes also earned an eighth-place finish in the 200 butterfly (1:54.66). In both 1 and 3 meter diving competition, sophomore Tom Kramer earned sixth place finishes with 410.15 and 402.55 respectively.

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