February 23, 2014

Williams Wins 12th Consecutive NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championship

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Williams College men's swimming and diving team claimed its 12th consecutive conference title as the 2014 New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship concluded Sunday night at Bowdoin College.

The Ephs claimed their 13th crown overall by accumulating a team score of 1,849 points to defeat closest competitor Amherst, who posted 1,750. Connecticut College recorded 1,468 points to take third with Tufts totaling 1,147 to finish fourth. In a hard-fought battle for fifth place, Bowdoin finished with 777.5 points, narrowly edging rival Bates with 777.

Williams sealed its victory thanks to four individual wins on Sunday. Thad Ricotta set a new pool record in winning the 200 butterfly (1:48.57) for the Ephs while Chris Gronbeck won the grueling 1650 freestyle (15:39.53). Nathaniel Boley claimed the 200 backstroke (1:48.23) and Timothy Lattimer won the 200 breaststroke (2:01.73) to round out the victors for Williams.

Sam Gill capped an exceptional weekend for Connecticut College by claiming the 100 freestyle in 45.14. He also anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay team that included Loring Bowen, Michael Fothergill and Drew Andre. The Camels broke a 25-year old pool record with a time of 3:01.37.

Tufts completed a sweep of the diving events as first-year Matthew Rohrer won the three-meter title with a score of 533.70. Teammate Johann Schmidt, who claimed the one-meter crown on Friday, finished in second place with 524.45 points.

Sam Gill of Connecticut College was named the Swimmer of the Meet and Senior Swimmer of the Meet in awards handed out at the conclusion of the competition. Johann Schmidt of Tufts collected Senior Diver and Diver of the Meet recognition. Benjamin Lin of Williams was named the Rookie of the Meet. Brad Snodgrass of Tufts was recognized as the Men's Diving Coach of the Year while Marc Benvenuti of Connecticut College was named as the NESCAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year.


INDIVIDUAL WINNERS
1650 Freestyle - Chris Gronbeck (Williams), 15:39.53
200 Backstroke - Nathaniel Boley (Williams), 1:48.23
100 Freestyle - Sam Gill (Connecticut College), 45.14
200 Breaststroke - Timothy Lattimer (Williams), 2:01.73
200 Butterfly - Thad Ricotta (Williams), 1:48.57
Three-Meter Diving - Michael Rohrer (Tufts), 533.70
400 Freestyle Relay - Connecticut College (Loring Bowen, Michael Fothergill, Drew Andre, Sam Gill), 3:01.37

FINAL TEAM SCORES
1. Williams, 1849
2. Amherst, 1750
3. Conn. College, 1468
4. Tufts, 1147
5. Bowdoin, 777.5
6. Bates, 777
7. Middlebury, 739
8. Hamilton, 458
9. Colby, 389
10. Wesleyan, 377.5
11. Trinity, 352

CONFERENCE AWARDS
Rookie of the meet - Benjamin Lin, Williams
Diver of the meet - Johann Schmidt, Tufts
Swimmer of the meet - Sam Gill, Conn. College
Senior Diver of the Meet - Johann Schmidt, Tufts
Senior Swimmer of the meet - Sam Gill, Conn. College
Diving Coach of the Year - Brad Snodgrass, Tufts
Swimming Coach of the Year -
Marc Benvenuti, Conn. College