|Tar Tar Jarusinchai twice broke the 100 breaststroke record today|
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Tufts men's swimming and diving had another solid day with two first-place finishes, three school records and eight NCAA B-cut times on Saturday at Middlebury College in the 2019 NESCAC Championships.
The Jumbos remain in second place with 1,292.5 points, 24 beind Williams College which is in first with 1,316.5 points. Amherst has 1,036 which ranks them third through three days.
Senior Kingsley Bowen started the day strong and never turned back as he began the preliminaries with a 48.54 time in the 100 backstroke, which was first overall. The mark was also an NCAA B-cut time. In the 100 backstroke final, Bowen posted a 48.42 mark, which placed first overall and improved his NCAA B-cut time. Including his victory in the 50 back on Friday, Bowen has now won five straight backstroke events at NESCAC's. He will go for six on Friday in the 200.
The other Jumbo first-place finish came from the 200 medley relay with their A unit of Bowen, junior Matt Manfre, junior Costa Camerano, and junior Roger Gu clocking a time of 1:29.26, which was good for an NCAA B-cut time. The Jumbos' B foursome of freshmen Nate Tingen and Tar Tar Jarusinchai, and sophomores Lomax Turner and JJ Batt placed first among the B teams with a time of 1:31.78.
Sophomore Tyler Tatro broke a school record in the 200 freestyle preliminaries, touching in 1:40.05. Tatro's NCAA B-cut time broke the standard of 1:40.15 that he shared with Gu from 2018. On Saturday night, Gu posted a 1:39.75 to win the consolation final and break the record again. Tatro was just 0.01 off Gu's time with a 1:39.76 swim in the championship final that was a better NCAA B-cut for him and was a fourth-place finish.
Similarly, the 100 breaststroke mark was broken three times Saturday. Manfre's 57.12 in the prelims came first, but then Jarusinchai twice reset the school record later. The original record entering the meet was 57.35 by Morgan Ciliv in 2016. Jarusinchai's 56.73 in the prelims lowered Manfre's time, then Jarusinchai swam 56.70 for fifth place in the final and a faster school mark.
The other program-record shattered was in the 1,000 freestyle. Sophomore John LaLime broke his own record from the 2018 NESCACs with a time of 9:24.71, which placed him fourth overall in the final. He was 2.3 seconds faster than his previous record of 9:27.01.
For the 100 backstroke, in addition to Bowen Tufts had Tingen swim a 49.83 NCAA B-cut in the prelims and finish fourth in the final (50.05). Sophomore Nathan Mitchell recorded a 50.13 NCAA B time for sixth in the final.
Three Tufts entries were also in the top eight for the 100 butterfly and 1,000 freestyle as well. Camerano, who had a better NCAA B mark in the trials (49.28), was third in the final at 49.47 seconds. Sophomore Lomax Turner finished fourth (49.51) and classmate JJ Batt placed sixth (49.84). Behind LaLime in the 1,000 free, Tufts also had junior Tommy Gillespie (9:34.85) in seventh and senior tri-captain Brandon Jinn (9:36.93) eighth.
Freshman Joseph Kim improved on his preliminary time in the 400 individual medley by over four seconds to the 4:00.24 (NCAA B-cut) he recorded for fourth place in the final. Freshman Michael Gregorace timed 4:03.74 for seventh place in the event.
Records have been set in six events and 14 NCAA B times have been registered by Jumbos so far at NESCAC's. With seven victories, the Jumbos have matched last year's total.
Tufts returns to action Sunday morning at 10 am in the preliminaries for final day of the NESCAC Championship.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello