Posted: Feb 22, 2019
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The records were falling at a brisk pace on one of the great nights in the history of the Colby College men's swimming and diving program.
The Mules broke 10 school records in nine events on the second day of the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championships on Friday at Middlebury College. Colby also broke a school record in Thursday's opening 800 freestyle relay race to make it 11 in two days. Two swimmers broke records in preliminary races Friday and then broke those records in the evening session.
"It was an amazing day. All 23 men swam and dove lights out," Colby head coach Tom Burton said. "We have focused all year on effort and competing for each other, and it is all coming together at just the right time."
The Mules are in fourth place overall with 435 points heading into the final two days of the meet. Colby is ahead of both Bates College and Bowdoin College.
Colby diver Travers Losert finished fourth overall on the 1-meter board, broke his own school record, and had an NCAA 'B' cut qualifier with a total of 442.00 points. His old record of 430.45 points was set last year. The Mules picked up 56 points in diving, with Henry Toulmin placing 11th with 279.85 points and Charlie Allen in 13th with 251.45.
Ryan Bedell also broke his own school record in taking fifth place and swimming an NCAA 'B' cut qualifying time in the 500 freestyle at 4:32.22. He broke the record the first time in a preliminary race (4:32.93). Bedell's old record was 4:34.59 set a year ago.
The 400 medley relay team of Xander Geiersbach, Carter Garfield, Matt Jones, and John Connors beat the old school record by nearly five seconds with a time of 3:22.93. Geiersbach, Garfield, Jones, and John Blackburn had the old record of 3:27.62 in 2017. Colby's 'B' team of Jake Guentherman, Zachary Bergman, Noah Schimanski, and Jacob Gray placed 17th overall and sixth in the 'B' race in a time of 3:29.28.
Gray and Garfield had the most interesting event of the night in the 50 breaststroke. Gray finished in fifth place overall with a time of 26.14 and had a 26.09 in a preliminary race. Garfield swam in the consolation final (places 9-16) and took 10th overall, but had a 25.97 time and broke the school record of 26.07 by Miles Roberts.
In the lone event of the day where the Mules did not have a school record, Connors placed sixth overall in the 50 freestyle (21.16). Jacob Tower was 10th in 21.22 and Gray took 15th in 21.63 (21.36 prelim).
Colby's 200 freestyle relay team placed seventh overall and set another school record with a time of 1:24.16. Connors, Gray, Jones, and Tower beat the old record of 1:24.52 set by Vincent Galea, John Devine, Blackburn, and Ryan Bachur in 2015. Colby finished fourth in the 'B' race and 15th overall in 1:26.16 by Ian Ellmer, Guentherman, Bergman, and Wyatt Fritz.
Geiersbach broke two school records in two races in the 50 backstroke. He broke his first record with a 23.79 in a preliminary race to top the old mark of 23.94 set by Jabez Dewey in 2007. Geiersbach then broke his morning record with a time of 23.51 in taking ninth overall and winning the consolation final in the evening session.
Garfield had his other school record on the day with a 1:53.48 to break his own mark of 1:54.28 set in 2017. He finished 13th overall in the event.
Jones had two consistent races in setting a school record in the 50 butterfly. He had a 23.00 in a preliminary race to set the new record and clocked a 23.01 in taking 14th overall during the evening races. The old record was 23.06 set by both Geoff Herrick '98 and Jack Maul '13. Schimanski took 20th place in 23.76 (23.63 prelim) and Tower was 24th with a 24.14 (24.01 prelim).