Connecticut College Places Fourth at NESCAC MSD Championship
Walsh Sweeps in Back-Garners Four-Year High Point Award
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. --The Connecticut College men's swimming and diving team traveled to Williams College to compete in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship. The Camels accrued their highest point total as a program, scoring 964 point en route to a fourth place finish.
The Camels won five events and eight school records were shattered along the way. Tim Walsh (Lincoln Park, N.J.) swept the 50, 100 and 200 yard backstroke events and was honored with the NESCAC Four Year High Point Award for scoring the most points at conference championships during his storied career.
"I'm really proud of the way our guys stepped up in the most important weekend of the season for us at the NESCAC Championship," Connecticut College Head Men's and Women's Swimming Coach/Director of Aquatics said. "Tim and Sam paved the way for our success in a tremendous weekend and it was great to see so many of our loyal alums in attendance supporting the program. We are really excited to see what we can do at the NCAA Championship."
Walsh set a NESCAC and College record in the prelims Friday, besting his own conference record that he set at Bowdoin in 2011 with a time of 22.77 seconds in the 50 back. In the finals, Walsh posted a winning time of 22.88 seconds. In the 100 yard back, Walsh automatically qualified for the 2012 NCAA Swimming & Diving in Championship with a victory in 49.78 seconds. Walsh closed out the weekend with a victory in the 200 yard back, posting a time of 1:49.04 for the Camels.
Sophomore Sam Gill (Springfield, Ill.) posted a time of 22.45 seconds en route to his second place scoring in the 50 yard butterfly. In front of a packed crowd Saturday night, Gill set a school, meet and facility record in the 100 yard fly, automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championship with his victory in 48.73 seconds.
In the 200 yard medley relay, the Camel quartet comprised of Tim Walsh, Kirk Czelewicz (Lowell, Mass.), Patrick McGinnis (Middletown, R.I.) and Sam Gill cruised to victory and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship with a time of 1:32.42.
Walsh, Czelewicz, Gill and Cameron Johnson (Westford, Mass.) provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship with their third place time of 3:24.31 in the 400 yard medley relay.
Bohdan Martin (West Hartford, Conn.) set college records in the 500, 1000 and 1650 yard freestyle events with respective times of 4:38.61, 9:36.78 and 16:10.55. His time in the mile provisionally qualified him for the NCAA Championship.
Kirk Czelewicz chipped in with a pair of school records for the Camels in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke events with respective times of 59.12 seconds and 2:09.54.
In the 400 yard individual medley, Albert Perley (Charlotte, N.C.) set another college mark, posting a time of 4:13.84.
February 27, 2012