MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Bowdoin men's swimming and diving team earned a fourth place finish at the 2019 NESCAC Championships.
The Polar Bears finished in fourth place with 1,019.5 points, outpacing fifth place Bates by 141 points. The Williams men earned their 16th overall title with 1,822 points. Senior diver Mitchell Ryan was named Diver of the Year for the second consecutive year. Ryan won both the 1-meter and 3-meter events for a dual repeat, while also being named 4-Year High Point Diver. Coach Kelsey Willard was named Diving Coach of the Year for the second straight year. She is the only Bowdoin coach to receive the award in program history.
- The divers had an impressive showing on the t3-meter board. Ryan scored 498.35 points to secure the NESCAC title, adding to his 1-meter victory from Friday. First-year Henry Isaacson was fifth with 429.05 points while Irfan Dotani scored 337.10 points to finish seventh. Qyn Byrne was tenth with 271.55 points.
- After squeaking into the Championship final of the 200 breaststroke in eighth place, senior Stephen Pastoriza swam an NCAA B cut time of 2:02.94 to finish second. That time broke his own school record. Michael Tirone finished 24th in 2:11.46.
- Senior Karl Sarier touched third in the 100 freestyle with an NCAA B cut time of 44.63.
- In the PreConsolation final of the 200 backstroke first-year Justin Yang set a new Bowdoin team record in the 200 backstroke in 1:50.12. That lowered the mark of 1:50.41 Ted Mebust set in prelims. Yang finished 17th overall. Mebust won the Consolation final, finishing ninth overall, in 1:50.90.
- In the 200 butterfly Jean-Baptiste Andre raced to a 1:54.12 to finish 12th. Junior classmate Andrew Macdonald touched 15th in 1:54.39. Cameron Chertavian finished 22nd in 1:56.89.
- Senior Daniel Williams touched ninth in the 1650, recording an NCAA B cut time of 16:07.94. First year Coleman Komishane earned 13th place in 16:21.18 while Gabriel Siwady was 21st in 16:45.85.
- The meet ended with a stunner of a swim. Sarier led off the A 400 freestyle relay in 45.00, a half second ahead of anybody else in the field. Mebust split a 45.02 to put the team in the lead by just over a second. Julian Abaldo followed with a split of 45.47, and the Polar Bears went into the final leg with a lead of just over a second on the next best team. Macdonald split a 46.15 on the anchor leg as the team held on for third place, touching in 3:01.64. That time was an NCAA B cut and demolished the year-old school record of 3:04.57.
- The B team of Michal O'Neal, Jacob Baltaytis, Chertavian, and Komishane was 15th overall, fourth among the Bs, in 3:08.60.
- Ryan will dive at the NCAA Regionals on March 1 and look to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
- The NCAA Championships will be in Greensboro, North Caroline beginning on March 20.