NEW LONDON, Conn.--Nine Connecticut College Camels have been named to the 2017 All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Swimming & Diving Team.
Connecticut College scored 1,331 points to place fourth in the 11 team field at the 2017 NESCAC Championship that was hosted by Wesleyan University this weekend. The Camels placed 20th at the 2016 NCAA Championship in Greensboro, N.C. and have finished in the NCAA Top 25 in each of the past six seasons.
Senior All-American Mike Fothergill (Medford, Mass.) captured the NESCAC Crown in both the 50 yard freestyle and the 100 yard backstroke, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championship in both events with respective times of 20.48 and 49.47 seconds. Junior AJ Pite (Orange, Conn.) successfully defended his 2016 NESCAC Crown in the 400 yard individual medley, provisionally qualifying for nationals with a time of 3:56.61. In the 200 yard breaststroke, Pite placed third with an NCAA provisional mark of 2:03.96 for the Camels.
Junior All-American George Tilneac (New York, N.Y.) garnered All-Conference accolades in the 50, 100 and 200 yard butterfly events. Tilneac posted a time of 22.18 seconds en route to his second place finish in the 50 fly. In the 100 yard fly, Tilneac provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship with a time of 48.86 seconds en route to another second place finish. Tilneac took third place in 200 yard fly with an NCAA provisional mark of 1:50.27 for the Camels.
Sophomore Marc Klepacki (Hadley, Mass.) earned All-Conference honors in the 50 yard fly, placing third with a time of 22.36 seconds. In the 100 yard backstroke, senior All-American Loring Bowen (Summit, N.J.) placed second for the Camels, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championship with a time of 49.53 seconds.
The Camels were honored by the NESCAC for their superlative performances in three relays this weekend.
The 200 yard freestyle relay team comprised of Tilneac, Drake Freiberg (Glastonbury, Conn.), Fothergill and Niko Brosnihan (Troy, N.Y.) posted a winning time of 1:21.35, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championship while setting a meet, pool and facility record for the Camels. Tilneac, Pite, Trebor Lawton (Gorham, Maine) and Fothergill provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship in the 400 yard freestyle relay, placing third with a time of 3:03.04.
The 800 yard freestyle relay team comprised of Bowen, Tilneac, Pite and Mace Molina (Wilton, Conn.) placed third for the Camels with a time of 6:47.50.
In total, 16 men's and women's swimmers earned All-Conference honors in the past two weeks of Championship competition.
More information about the NCAA Championship in Shenandoah, Texas will be coming soon.