Successful Weekend For Men's Swimming

March 3, 2008

The Middlebury College men's swimming and diving teams looked solid this past weekend when they hosted the 2008 NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. Williams won the event, followed by Tufts, Amherst and Middlebury. The Panthers won four individual titles and broke 10 school records over the three day event.

Junior Kevin O'Rourke (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) won two NESCAC titles, capturing the 200 free (1:41) and the 500 free (4:32.76), both setting new school records. Sophomore John Dillon (Wellesley, Mass.) won the NESCAC crown in the 100 fly, setting a new school record with a time of 49.58. The third Panther to win an event was sophomore Schuyler Beeman (Guilford, Conn.), who set a new school record with his win in the 50 free (20.56).

O'Rourke in the 500 free, Dillon in the 100 and 200 fly, along with the 200 medley relay team (2nd) comprised of O'Rourke, Beeman, Dillon and senior Peter Bell (Deerfield, Mass.) all made NCAA "A" cuts, while the 200 team set a new school record.

Middlebury also had some impressive second place finishes, including a pair by both Dillon and first-year swimmer Ryan Marklewitz (Charlotte, N.C.). Dillon placed second in the 50 back (24.04-school record) and the 200 fly (1:50.15-school record), while Marklewitz came in second in the 1,000 free (9:24.92) and the 1,650 free (15:54.67), both school records.

Junior Zach Woods (Monroe, N.Y.) earned a second place finish in the 200 back (1:53.91), while the 400 medley relay team (Woods, Bell, Dillon, Bell) set a new school record with a time of 3:25.06, placing second overall.

At the conclusion of the event, Middlebury coach Peter Solomon was named the NESCAC Men's Coach of the Year by his peers.