Men's Swimmers Finish Second At NESCAC's

February 27, 2005

2/27/05 - The Panther men's swimming and diving teams turned in a very impressive performance at the NESCAC Championships hosted by Wesleyan. Williams won the event with 1,862 points, followed by Middlebury (1,351), <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Amherst (1,264) and Tufts (1,133.5). The Panthers ended the meet with three individual champions, six school records and two NESCAC Championship meet records.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Sophomore Tim Lux (Sandy Hook, Conn.) dominated the breaststroke events, winning the 50 (26.52), 100 (57.66) and the 200 (2:07.16). His times in the 50 and 100 were new school records. Also earning a NESCAC title was sophomore Robert Collier (Catonsville, Md.) in the 100 fly, who set a new school record and NESCAC Championship meet record. Senior David Hawkins (Arlington, Va.) was the team's other winner, finishing first in the 50 fly with a time of 22.75, a new NESCAC Championship meet record.

Earning a pair of top finishes in other events was Collier, who qualified for the NCAA's with a time of 1:51.72 in the 200 IM, good for second place. He also finished in third place in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:52.80. Placing second in the 50 breaststroke was first-year racer Peter Bell (Deerfield, Mass.) with a time of 26.69, while junior Alex Demas (Norwich, Vt.) came in second in the 100 breaststroke in 58.49. Junior Rob Hillas (Princeton, N.J.) earned a third place finish with a time of 9:43.42 in the 1000 free.

Middlebury's relay teams also fared well, as the 400 medley team comprised of Lux, Collier, Hawkins and senior Jason Korsmeyer (Weston, Mass.) set a new school record with a second place finish (3:25.51). Korsmeyer, Lux, Hawkins and sophomore John Rayburn (Washington, D.C.) combined to finish third in the 200 medley relay event with a time of 1:34.27. Finishing third with a time of 3:11.46 in the 400 free were Korsmeyer, Hawkins, Demas and first-year racer Robbie Burton (Oak Park, Ill.).

Middlebury head coach Peter Solomon was named the NESCAC Men's Coach of the Year at the meet.