Men's swimming & diving 9th at NESCAC championships
Hamilton College broke one school record and came close to setting two others on the second day of the 2015 NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at Middlebury College's Natatorium on Saturday.
The Continentals finished eighth in the 200-yard medley relay with a program-record time of 1:34.05. The old mark of 1:34.16 had stood since 2002. Reid Swartz '15, Tripp Miller '18, Alex Jones '16 and John McBratney '16 made up the record-setting foursome.
Swartz ended up seventh in the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.91 seconds. His time of 50.56 seconds in the morning's preliminary heats was just shy of his own team record of 50.54 in the event. Swartz's prelim time also met an NCAA Division III Championship provisional qualifying standard.
McBratney landed in fourth place in the consolation final (12th overall) of the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:43.30.
In the 1,000 free, Ryan Cassidy '17 finished 10th with a time of 9:41.84 and Trevor Pearson '18 was 14th in 9:50.36. Cassidy's performance was just 1.32 seconds off the team-record time of 9:40.52.
Benjamin Cooper '18 took seventh place in the preconsolation final (23rd overall) of the 100 butterfly and the 100 back with times of 53.98 seconds and 54.21 seconds, respectively. Michael Weinzierl '15 ended up fifth in the preconsolation final (21st overall) of the 100 back in 53.96 seconds.
Hamilton is in ninth place with 360 points. The third and final day of the championships starts at 10 a.m. with prelims and concludes with the finals at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22.