MEDFORD – Through two meets thus far, freshman Joseph Kim of the Tufts University men's swimming & diving team looks to be an exciting addition to the Jumbo roster. Today he was named as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Performer of the Week after his efforts at the MIT Invitational over the weekend.
Kim won a pair of events and was part of a relay victory while competing in eight events overall during the three-day meet. Head coach Adam Hoyt's Jumbos placed second out of six teams at the competition.
On day one Friday, Kim swam the first leg of Tufts' 800 freestyle relay that was second at the race with a 6:48.29 time. His 1:42.02 over 200 meters was the best of Tufts' four swimmers.
On Saturday, Kim won the 400 individual medley with a 3:59.95 time that is an NCAA B-cut. He had been third in the preliminaries with a 4:03.13 mark, but chopped more than two seconds off that in the evening session. He also swam the backstroke leg with the 400 medley relay that scored ninth Saturday night (3:33.79).
Sunday was busy for Kim as he swam in four events. He won the 200 backstroke with a 1:48.28 mark that is an NCAA B-cut. He was also fourth in the 200 individual medley (1:54.36), improving upon a 10th-place preliminary time of 1:57.05. In two relays, he swam backstroke for the 200 medley relay (1:36.82 for ninth) and was in the 400 freestyle relay (3:30.09) that placed 17th.
In his collegiate debut against Middlebury on November 18, Kim won the 500 freestyle with a 4:46.48 time.
Tufts has won the first two NESCAC Men's Performer of the Week awards of 2018-19. Junior Roger Gu was selected on November 19. Kim is the first Tufts freshman to receive the honor since teammate Kingsley Bowen was awarded on January 18, 2016.