Men's Swimming Finishes Fifth At NESCAC's - Mackay Breaks Records

February 24, 2013

Middlebury finished fifth overall at the 2013 NESCAC Swimming & Diving Championships hosted by Wesleyan. Williams won the event (1,936), followed by Amherst (1,824), Conn. (1,098), Tufts (1,080) and the Panthers (904.5).

Junior Ian Mackay (Vero Beach, Fla.) dominated the 50 free on day one, winning the NESCAC Championship with a time of 20.35. His time of 20.34 in the time trails was a new school, NESCAC and NESCAC Championship meet and pool record. The time also ranks 10th nationally in Division III and has qualified him for the NCAA Championships. Mackay also won the title in the 50 fly event, setting a new school mark and qualifying for the NCAA’s with a time of 21.97. His effort tied all of the aforementioned records.

Also setting a new school mark was rookie Stephan Koenigsberger (New York, N.Y.), who finished second in the 50 breaststroke with a school-record time of 25.99.

The Panthers also saw a pair of relay teams earn fourth place finishes. The 200 free team comprised of Mackay, rookie Bryan Cheuk (Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong), sophomore James Wing (Indian Head Park, Ill.) and senior Ethan Litman (Bethesda, Md.) earned an NCAA “B” cut with a time of 1:23.32. Also earning a “B” cut with a time of 3:25.43 in the 400 medley relay were Mackay, Koenigsberger, Litman and first-year player Carter Pribis (Concord, N.H.).

Mackay earned a third place finish in the 100 fly on the second day, qualifying for the NCAA’s with a time of 48.80, good for third place. Koenigsberger made a “B” cut with a fifth place finish in the 100 breaststroke, finishing with a time of 57.72. Placing seventh in the 1,000 free was Panther sophomore Lucas Avidan (Harrison, N.Y.), earning a time of 9:45.69.

The 200 medley relay team of Pribis, Koenigsberger, Mackay and Cheuk earned a “B” cut with a fourth place (1:32.87) finish. Litman, junior Nick Keenan (Queensbury, N.Y.), rookie Paul Lagasse (Hopkinton, N.Y.) and Cheuk placed sixth for the Panthers in the 800 free (7:01.84).

On the final day, junior Skylar Dallmeyer-Drennen (Canandaigua, N.Y.) earned 358 points to finish eighth in the three-meter diving event.