BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's swimming and diving team smashed several long-standing records while equaling its best-ever finish at the NESCAC Championship last weekend at Greason Pool.
The Polar Bears battled rival Bates all weekend to come out in fifth place, a mere 0.5 points ahead of their Lewiston neighbors. It matches the highest-ever showing for Bowdoin at the conference meet, as the Polar Bears also netted a fifth-place finish in 2012.
Ryan Kulesza led the way for the Polar Bears with a trio of school records. He broke his own school mark in the 200 IM (1:52.98) and then reclaimed his school record - held briefly by Nathan Garner during prelims - in the finals of the 400 IM, where he posted a 4:03.39. He closed out the weekend by swimming a school-record 1:43.58 in his 200 of the 800 freestyle relay, setting the pace for a record-breaking time of 6:59.08 along with Garner, Greg Koziol and Timothy Long which broke a record that had stood since 1992.
Long set a new school mark in the 500 freestyle (4:38.77) and 1000 freestyle (9:35.96) - besting a pair of records set in 1994 by Conrad Stuntz. Logan House swam a 50.29 in the 100 butterfly to take a school record held by Mac Routh.