|Senior Kingsley Bowen won his fourth NESCAC backstroke title tonight|
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – In an excellent first full day at the 2019 NESCAC Championships, the Tufts University men's swimming and diving team won five events on Friday at Middlebury College.
Victories by the 200 freestyle relay, senior tri-captain Kingsley Bowen in the 50 backstroke, freshman Tar Tar Jarusinchai in the 200 individual medley, junior Roger Gu in the 50 freestyle and the 400 medley relay helped the Jumbos improve their team point total to 710 which stands second overall. Williams College leads the meet heading into Saturday with 767 points.
The 200 free relay led off the evening by setting a new NESCAC and conference championship meet record as well as a Jumbo record with a 1:21.21 finish. The record-setting A foursome was junior Costa Camerano, sophomore JJ Batt, sophomore Lomax Turner and Gu, who swam a 19.48 anchor leg. The former NESCAC mark was 1:21.35 by Connecticut College from 2017, while the previous Tufts standard was 1:21.75 swam at the NCAA meet last season. Tufts' winning time tonight is an NCAA B-cut. The Jumbos' B foursome of junior Tim Gronet, Bowen, sophomore Tyler Tatro and freshman Victor Vollbrechthausen had the fifth-fastest time of 1:22.29 Friday night, though as the B relay they are placed behind all of the A's and scored 12th.
The Jumbo 400 medley relay then closed the day's events with a 3:16.43 (NCAA B-cut) to win the race, set a new NESCAC meet record and a new Tufts mark as well. The previous conference championship record was 3:16.48 by Williams College in 2015. The school record of 3:17.29 from last year's NCAA's was also smashed. The relay included freshman Nate Tingen, Jarusinchai (55.36 100 breast leg), Bowen and Gu. This is the second straight year that the Jumbos have won the 400 medley relay at NESCAC's. The Jumbo B 400 medley relay foursome of sophomore Nathan Mitchell, junior Matt Manfre, Batt and Tatro combined on a 3:21.79 mark that was second among the B's and fifth-fastest for the night.
Gu broke his own NESCAC meet record in the 50 freestyle twice tonight, first with a 19.90 in the preliminaries and then with a 19.89 for first place in the final. The mark is an NCAA B-cut and with it Gu defended his conference title in the event that he won with a then-record 19.95 last February. The Jumbos also had Camerano take third place in the 50 free final (20.77) this evening.
Bowen also defended a title as he won the 50 backstroke for the second straight year with a time of 22.48 seconds. He is now a four-time NESCAC individual champion after sweeping the three backstroke events last year. Tingen was fourth in the 50 back race at 22.92 seconds.
In his first NESCAC meet, Jarusinchai won the 200 individual medley with a 1:51.09 mark that is an NCAA B cut. He had been second in the prelims (1:51.60), but surged to victory in the final. Sophomore John Koster supported Jarusinchai's win by swimming 1:51.86 – just missing a B cut – for fourth place. In the consolation final of the 200 IM, freshman Joseph Kim put together a 1:51.74 that is an NCAA B-cut and was the fifth-best mark for the event on Friday night.
Camerano added to his strong night by twice breaking the Jumbo record in the 50 butterfly. In the prelims, his 22.35 time lowered the previous Tufts mark of 22.51 set by Michael Winget in 2016. Camerano then posted a 22.12 to finish as the runner-up in the event tonight and lower his school record. Tufts had three top-eight finishers in the 50 fly overall as Turner timed 22.57 for fifth and Batt touched in 22.73 seconds for seventh.
Tatro did not qualify for the championship final in the 500 freestyle, but came back and swam a 4:32.86 to win the consolation final with that NCAA B-Cut mark. Manfre was just a shade off the 50 breaststroke school record (25.82) with his 25.86 time for fourth place in tonight's final.
Saturday's activity starts with the preliminaries at 10 am.