Men's Swimming & Diving Finishes Fifth at NEWMAC Championships

Men's Swimming & Diving Finishes Fifth at NEWMAC Championships

LOCATION: Worcester, Mass. (WPI Pool) 

THE RUNDOWN

(DAY 1):  

  • The Wheaton College men's swimming and diving team opened the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships with the 800-yard freestyle relay. The Lyons took home fifth place with the squad of Elias StewardDaniel RochZachary Koffman, and Timmer Sposato finishing the race in 6:56.19. 

(DAY 2):  

  • Senior Jacob Cost earned an NCAA 'B' cut as the lead in the 400 medley relay. Cost, who swam the 100 back during the event, finishing with a school record time as well (48.91). Joining Cost in the event were Richard MatthewsKevin Silva, and Roch who finished the event in third place with a time of 3:23.20. 
  • The men started the night with the 200 free relay team of Sposato, Roch, Matthews, and Cost finishing just outside podium positioning with a time of 1:24.85, which was good enough for fourth place. 
  • Koffman competed in the 'B' finals of the 500 free, finishing the event in 4:48.13.  
  • Matthews made it to the finals of the 200 IM, finishing his race in 1:56.59. 
  • The men's 50 free saw Cost, Roch, and Sposato make the B finals, with Cost touching in 21.37. Roch was next to finish with a time of 21.61, followed by Sposato in 22.07. 

(DAY 3):  

  • Cost returned to the pool on day three and picked up exactly where he left off the day before, setting a new school record in the 100 and 50 backstroke. Cost took second place in the 100 back, earning all-conference honors, as well as an NCAA IN 2018 Invite Time, with a final time of 48.76. The senior broke his own 50 back record in the lead leg of the 200 medley relay with a time of 22.97. Chris Steward also competed in the finals, finishing in 53.58. 
  • The 200 medley relay team of Cost, MatthewsSilva, and Sposato finished in 1:33.78. 
  • Koffman finished the A Finals of the 400 IM in ninth place with a time of 4:12.82, while Silva finished the B Finals in 4:14.39. 
  • C. Steward made the finals of the 100 butterfly, finishing the race in 52.89. 
  • The men's 200 free saw Roch finish sixth with a time of 1:42.51, while Matthews finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 57.36. Austin Halstead made the B Finals of the 100 breast, finishing his race in 1:00.47, while Chett Vogt finished in 1:01.69. 

(DAY 4):  

  • The Lyons returned to action for the final day of the NEWMAC Championships, edging out Springfield College by a point, earning fifth place courtesy of a come from behind third-place finish from the 400-yard freestyle relay team of SposatoCostMatthews, and Roch. Roch brought the Lyons back from fourth place with one of the fastest anchor legs in Wheaton history. The team finished the race in 3:05.93. The time takes down a Wheaton school record that has been standing since 2014.
  • Wheaton opened the night with the 1650 free, which saw Troy Eakman lead the way with a time of 17:54.32, with Trevor Ragas finishing right behind him in 17:55.90. 
  • Cost then took to the pool where he earned another all-conference honor, this time in the 200 backstroke, finishing in second place with a time of 1:48.24, which earned him an NCAA IN 2018 Invited Time. The time also broke the Wheaton school record in the event. C. Steward and Koffman also swam in the finals of the 200 back with Steward finishing in 1:56.92 and Koffman in 2:00.15. 
  • Roch led Wheaton in the finals of the 100 free, finishing in sixth place with a time of 46.22, while Sposato finished in 47.55. 
  • The 200 breast saw Matthews pace the Lyons with a time of 2:08.15. Halstead and Vogt also swam in the finals of the event with the pair finishing in 2:17.48 and 2:23.73 respectively. 
  • Wheaton had two swimmers qualify for finals of the 200 butterfly with Silva and Elias Steward finishing back-to-back with Silva touching in 1:57.37 and E. Steward in 1:57.55. 

UP NEXT: The Lyons await bids to the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, which will be held March 20-23 in Greensboro, North Carolina.