Men's Swimming & Diving NEWMAC Championships Full Recap

Photo courtesy WPI Athletics
Photo courtesy WPI Athletics

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's swimming & diving team earned fourth place at the 2017 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships with 614 points, tying their best ever placement on Sunday evening at WPI.

The MIT Engineers tallied their ninth consecutive NEWMAC Championship title with 1,462 points with the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in second (1,099) and WPI in third (1,022).


DAY 4 (SUNDAY)

Sophomore Jacob Cost opened action for the Lyons once again, this time in the 200-yard backstroke where he earned a final time of 1:52.96 for sixth place and a new school record.

Junior Jonathan Dunnett kept up the pace for Wheaton in the 200-yard breaststroke where he registered third place with a NCAA B-Cut time of 2:04.40. Dunnett broke the 200-yard breaststroke school record earlier in the day during the prelims when he marked a 2:04.28 final.

Senior Ross Johnston tallied a sixth place finish in the 200-yard butterfly after he tapped in a final of 1:54.44. Johnston also broke the 200-yard butterfly school record to start the day during the prelims at 1:54.02.

The Lyons concluded the meet in exciting fashion during the  400-yard freestyle relay race when they earned third place with a final time of 3:07.39 thanks to senior Jerard Fredette, senior Todd Lambert, Johnston and senior Frederick Garneau.


DAY 3 (SATURDAY)

Cost earned Second Team All-Conference honors during the 100-yard backstroke when he placed second with a final of 49.84, also an NCAA B-Cut time top open day three.

In the opening 400-yard individual medley, Johnston shattered another school record for Wheaton when he tapped in a final time of 4:07.20. Dunnett maintained the record breaking streak for the Lyons when he earned a 50.10 final time in the 100-yard butterfly. Senior Samuel Zarfos sealed first place in the B-Final of the 100-yard breaststroke after he clocked in a final of 58.86. 

In the one-meter dive, first-year Aaron Howe dished out a sixth place performance when he earned a top final of 421.75. Senior Ricky Davies placed eighth with a 387.10 final.

The 200-yard medley relay team capped off the night in record breaking fashion as Cost, Zarfos, Dunnett and Garneau broke the school record and earned a NCAA B-Cut final time of 1:31.56. During the race, Cost went on to break the 50-yard backstroke at 23.38.

Wheaton is currently sits in fourth place with 446 points.


DAY 2 (FRIDAY):

The Lyons opened action in record breaking fashion during the 200-yard freestyle relay A-Final race when Fredette, Dunnett, Lambert and Garneau timed in at 1:23.60 for fourth place. Garneau later earned a personal best time in the 50-yard freestyle at 21.26.

Johnston went on to collect a record-breaking finish for the Lyons in the 200-yard individual medley race when he tapped in at 1:52.43 for third place, breaking his own school record set back 2014. 

The 400-yard medley relay tacked on the third record breaking performance of the night when Cost, Dunnett, Johnston and Garneau earned a final time of 3:21.81 for third place. During this race, Cost broke a school record and claimed a NCAA B-Cut time in his 100-yard backstroke when he tapped in at 50.19.


DAY 1 (THURSDAY):

The Lyons kicked off action in the 800-yard freestyle relay with Johnston, sophomore Timmer Sposato, Dunnett and Lambert clocking in a final time of 7:00.44 for fourth place. 

Howe and Davies guided Wheaton in the three-meter dive to cap off day one. Howe earned seventh place with a 388.15 final while Davies collected a 370.75 final mark.


UP NEXT:

The 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships will be conducted March 15-18 at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas. Prior to that, qualified divers will head to MIT Friday and Saturday for the NCAA Division III Diving Regional while swimmers await the first round of invites set to be revealed 5 p.m. Wednesday on NCAA.com. The final list is slated for 8 p.m. on Monday, February 27, also on NCAA.com.

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