Bowen Earns Swimmer of the Year as Tufts Takes 2nd at NESCAC Men's Championships

Roger Gu broke his own 100 freestytle meet record twice today

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Senior tri-captain Kingsley Bowen swept the three backstroke events at the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Swimming & Diving Championships for the second straight year and was named Swimmer of the Year as the 2019 conference meet finished up at Middlebury College on Sunday night. Tufts placed second as a team.

Bowen, Tufts' first NESCAC Swimmer of the Year, won the 200 backstroke with a 1:46.48 mark on Sunday to add to his wins in the 50 back and 100 back earlier in the weekend. He also contributed to Jumbo victories in the 200 and 400 medley relays at the meet. Bowen also won the NESCAC 4-Year High Point Swimmer Award, the first Jumbo to do that as well. His 200 back winning time today was an NCAA B mark.

Junior Roger Gu twice broke the NESCAC Championship meet record in the 100 freestyle today. He started the preliminaries out with a first-place finish of 43.86 seconds, which lowered his own meet record of 44.31 from last season. In the final, Gu improved upon his time with a 43.78 mark, which defended his title in the event, improved the meet record and was an NCAA B-cut time. Gu was a part of five Tufts victories at the meet with two individuals in the 50 and 100 frees, as well as contributions to the winning 200 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.

Tufts wrapped up the four-day NESCAC Championships with 1,775.5 points. Williams College edged the Jumbos by 46.5 points, as they finished with a 1,822 score. Amherst and Bowdoin placed third and fourth with 1,506 and 1,019.5 points respectively.

In the 400 freestyle relay which closed the meet, Tufts' A unit of sophomore Tyler Tatro, Bowen, freshman Victor Vollbrechthausen, and Gu finished second overall with their mark of 3:01.07. That time was good for an NCAA B-cut and was 0.78 seconds behind Amherst's A unit. The Jumbos' B foursome of sophomore Lomax Turner, freshmen Nate Tingen and Tar Tar Jarusinchai, and sophomore JJ Batt recorded a time of 3:04.85 which was first among B units.  

The Jumbos also had freshmen Joseph Kim, sophomore Nathan Mitchell and Tingen all score in the top six for the 200 backstroke final behind Bowen. Mitchell had finished first in the preliminary with a time of 1:46.82, which was good for an NCAA B-cut time. Kim clocked a 1:49.21 for fourth in the final, Mitchell touched in 1:49.28 for fifth place and Tingen posted a 1:49.72 mark for sixth place. Tufts earned four NCAA B-cut times in the race overall, including Kim and Tingen in the final.

Two more NCAA B times were posted by Jumbos in the 1,650 freestyle. Sophomore John LaLime placed fifth overall with his 15:51.04 mark and junior Tommy Gillespie swam a 16:06.41 which ranked seventh among Sunday's contestants.

Sophomore Dawson Stout (1:51.51) and Turner (1:52.46) finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 200 butterfly. Tatro swam the 100 free final in 45.82, which placed him fifth overall.

In an NCAA time trial, junior Costa Camerano in the 50 freestyle notched a 20.64 which is an NCAA B-cut time.

Tufts won nine events at NESCAC's this season. Jumbo individuals and relays posted 24 NCAA B times and established six new records.

The team will now await word on which swimmers and relays will qualify for the NCAA Championships coming up in March.


Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello