Posted: Feb 24, 2019
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Ryan Bedell and Xander Geiersbach both broke their own school records and had NCAA 'B' cut qualifying times for Colby College on the final day of the NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on Sunday night.
The Mules placed sixth overall and were just 10.5 points out of fifth place. Colby finished 64.5 points ahead of the seventh-place team.
"The achievements of the team this year say it all," Colby head coach Tom Burton said. "A total of 16 school records, three team members with NCAA B- cuts, all five relays top-six for the first time ever, and had individual scorers in every event for the first time ever at the championship meet.
"These achievements are a direct reflection of the dedication and efforts the men have put into this season in training and their passion for competition. I am proud of them all and am very excited to see what we can achieve next year."
Colby's third school record on the day came in the 400 freestyle relay in the final event of the meet.
Geiersbach broke his 200-yard backstroke record by three seconds with a preliminary race time of 1:49.29. He finished seventh in the championship final with a 1:49.86 for seventh place.
Bedell capped a record-breaking weekend by posting a 15:53.66 for sixth place overall in the 1,650 freestyle. His old record stood at 15:56.78. Colby teammate Andrew Healy was 17th in 16:25.95.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Carter Garfield, Jacob Gray, John Connors, and Geiersbach broke the school record with a 3:06.23 and finished sixth overall. The old record was 3:07.30 set by Vincent Galea, John Blackburn, John Devine, and Ryan Bachur in 2015. Colby's 'B' team of Ian Ellmer, Matt Jones, Bedell, and Jacob Tower was 17th overall and sixth among 'B' squads with a time of 3:10.72.
Travers Losert made it three performances in the championship final by scoring 412.35 points on the 3-meter board. Losert had a 438.80 in the prelims. Charlie Allen placed 12th with 260.15 points and Henry Toulmin was 14th with 227.40 points.
The Mules had three swimmers score points in the 200 breaststroke. Zachary Bergman was 14th in 2:08.85 (2:06.89 prelim), Max Babej took 15th in 2:09.16 (2:07.17), and Jack MacPhee placed 17th and won the pre-consolation final with a 2:08.25.
Darrel Choi placed 14th for Colby in the 200 butterfly (1:54.30, 1:53.93 prelim) and Noah Schimanski was 24th in 1:58.82 (1:57.42 prelim).
Connors took 20th place in the 100 freestyle in 47.09 (46.82 prelim).