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Men's swimming and diving off to solid start at league meet

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Colby College divers John Pintauro and Travers Losert both finished in the top eight and Carter Garfield had a strong night with a school record at the NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday at Wesleyan University.

The Mules are off to a solid start, placing seventh with 200 points. Colby is ahead of Trinity College, Wesleyan, Middlebury College, and Hamilton College. The Mules finished 11th at last year's meet and the 200 point total is more than half of the team's final point total (360) from a year ago. Competition continues Saturday and Sunday.

Pintauro (pictured) and Losert combined for 46 points in the 1-meter diving competition. Pintauro placed sixth with 371.75 points and Losert had 350.85 points for eighth place. The finishes were the first time Colby has had two divers in the top eight in the same event at the league meet.

Garfield placed 10th and had the second-best time in school history in the 50 breaststroke (26.12), and won the pre-consolation final in taking 17th in the 200 individual medley with a 1:54.28 school record. Garfield's time in the 200 IM was better than the 10th place swimmer (1:54.69) in the consolation final. Jonathan Eck '03 held the old record of 1:54.56 set in 2002. Hugh Jacobsen took 22nd place in the 200 IM (1:57.86). 
Colby's 400 medley relay team of Geiersbach, Garfield, Gavin Blake, and Kyle Wong took ninth place with a school record clocking of 3:29.05. Geiersbach's 100 backstroke lead time was second-best in school history. The old record was set back in 2009.

John Blackburn was 15th for the Mules in the 50 freestyle (21.55, 21.34 prelim), while Xander Geiersbach placed 17th and won the pre-consolation final in the 50 backstroke (24.01). Blackburn's time was fifth-best and Geiersbach now has the second-best 50 backstroke in Colby men's swimming history.

Matt Jones took 21st place in the 50 butterfly (23.50, fifth-best) and helped the 200 freestyle relay team of Jacob Tower, John Devine, and Blackburn place ninth in 1:25.43. The relay time was third-fastest in Colby history.