NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College men's swimming & diving team jumped up three placements in just a day's time during the second day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship in Balfour Natatorium, as the Lyons moved into fourth place following Saturday night's finals.
Wheaton heads into the final day tomorrow with 232 points, which is 20 more than fifth-place Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), as a mere 51 points separates fourth through seventh. Defending league champion Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) extended its lead over the United States Coast Guard Academy with 705.
Wheaton's 200-yard medley relay team kicked things off with a fourth-place time of 1:37.57, as juniors Sam Dean-Lee (Rocky Hill, CT/Xavier), Zach Fichman-Klein (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro) and Ben Sabol (Saint Petersburg, FL/Shorecrest Prep) sided with freshman Sam Neill (Ludlow, MA/Belchertown).
Junior Corey Best (Brentwood, TN/Ravenwood) recorded the highest individual showing during the 400-yard individual medley, as he took sixth in 4:21.47. Classmate Eddie Gillie (Haverhill, MA/Saint John's Prep) and sophomore Spencer Deans (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) took 10th and 12th, respectively, as the trio helped the Lyons move into fourth place after just the night's second event.
Dean-Lee placed seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.01, while Sabol, sophomore Devon Best (Brentwood, TN/Ravenwood) and Fichman-Klein came in eighth, 10th and 11th, respectively, during the 100-yard backstroke. Fichman-Klein finished 11th in the 100-yard butterfly. During the 100 fly trials, he nipped a three-year-old program record in the 50 fly with a time of 23.84, which was 0.02 ticks faster than Barrett Roberts' '07 mark.
Junior diver Jonathan Gold (West Harrison, NY/Fordham Prep) helped Wheaton extend its fourth-place lead in the one-meter dive, which was the second-to-last event of the evening. Gold notched a seventh-place score of 344.20, a mere point behind sixth place.
In the night's final event, Dean-Lee, Gillie, Neill and Sabol teamed up to finish sixth in the 800-yard free relay with a time of 7:21.32.
Action resumes tomorrow morning with the trials beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals at 6:30 p.m.