February 26, 2011

All-conference relay helps push Wheaton into fourth place at NEWMACs

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's swimming & diving team earned its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-league honor in four years during day two of the conference championship on Saturday at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Zesiger Pool.

Leaping Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) while moving into fourth place in the seven-team field, the Lyons have compiled 256 points compared to the Engineers' 254.  Two-time defending champion MIT is pulling away from the United States Coast Guard Academy with 769 points.  Coast Guard has 517.

After notching the meet's ninth-fastest time during the 200-yard medley relay trials, seniors Sam Dean-Lee (Rocky Hill, Conn./Xavier), Zach Fichman-Klein (North Attleboro, Mass./North Attleboro) and Ben Sabol (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Shorecrest Prep) and freshman Emerson Jenkins (Kansas City, Mo./Pembroke Hill School) shaved off nearly six seconds during the finals en route to a second-place time of 1:35.43, which was 0.69 ticks shy of a school record.  During the opening leg, Sabol broke a school record in the 50-yard backstroke in 24.47.

In the 100-yard butterfly finals, Fichman-Klein placed eighth.  During the trials, he broke his own program mark in the 50-yard fly with a time of 23.54.  Dean-Lee also took eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke finals.  His trials time of 1:00.41 fell 0.31 ticks short of a six-year-old program record.  Sabol was the third Lyon to take eighth, doing so in the 100-yard back.

Trailing WPI by a pair of points entering the evening's final event, Wheaton went ahead by two points thanks in part to the Lyons' top 800-yard freestyle relay team placing fifth.  Making up the quartet were Dean-Lee, senior Eddie Gillie (Haverhill, Mass./Saint John's Prep), junior Christian Woods (Claremont, Calif./Webb School of California) and freshman Nick Oliveri (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury).  Wheaton's second 800-yard free relay took 10th, while the Engineers landed sixth- and 11-place finishes.

Sunday's final day of action begins with the trials at 11:00 a.m. and finals at 6:30 p.m.

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