MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – No. 8 Williams traveled to Middlebury, alongside archrival No. 10 Amherst and Springfield at the Middlebury Invite. With swimmers competing in off events, the Ephs had many strong performances as they prepare for the upcoming NESCAC championship.
Paul Dyrkacz had perhaps the most impressive individual performance of the meet, winning two events, the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.03) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:08.29). Dyrkacz would also place third in the 100-yard butterfly (52.65). Chris Corbett would place behind Dyrkacz in the 200, finishing second with a time of 2:10.83.
Corbett earned an individual victory in the 400-yard Individual Medley, placing first with a time of 4:13.43. David Taylor placed third in the event with a time of 4:19.46, while Chris Picardo placed fourth (4:20.65). Taylor would be the highest finisher from Williams in the 100-yard backstroke, placing fourth with a time of 54.20. Taylor also placed fourth in the 200-yard backstroke (1:55.42), with Dyrkacz placing fifth (1:55.78).
Tom Vieth and Christian Gronbeck finished first and second in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing within a second of each other. Vieth earned first in 4:39.89, with Gronbeck close behind in 4:40.59. John Armstrong made it three Williams swimmers in the top-5 spots by placing fourth (4:42.13).
Andrew Nemeth won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:57.12. The Ephs showed their depth in the event by capturing five out of the top-6 spots behind the swims of Will Brown (3rd 1:59.13), Timothy Lattimer (4th 2:00.25), Ryan Marrano (5th 2:01.26), and Sean Sutherland (6th 2:01.73).
Williams also captured top-5 finishes in the following events: Graham Righi turned in his fastest time in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in 21.87, good for second place. Chris Faux finished fifth with a time of 22.41. Thad Ricotta swam a 1:45.97 in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing third. Scott Symonds was not far behind, finishing fifth in 1:47.20.
In the diving events first year Rohan Bhatt did extremely well in capturing the win in the 1m competition against Colin White of Amherst. Bhatt’s score of 478.50 was eight points ahead of White (470.70).
Alex Long placed fourth with a score of 424.55. Bhatt would finish behind White, the defending NESCAC champion, in the 3m competition, his score of 438.55 nearly 11 points behind White’s. Long would capture a second fourth place finish with a score of 396.35.