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Fothergill, Tilneac, Lead Camels on Opening Night of NESCAC Championship at Wesleyan

Fothergill, Tilneac, Lead Camels on Opening Night of NESCAC Championship at Wesleyan

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.—The Connecticut College 200 yard freestyle relay team comprised of junior All-American George Tilneac (New York, N.Y.), Drake Freiberg (Glastonbury, Conn.), senior All-American Mike Fothergill (Medford, Mass.) and Niko Brosnihan (Troy, N.Y.) posted a winning time of 1:21.35, setting a meet, pool and facility record on the opening night of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Swimming and Diving Championship at Wesleyan University Friday.

The Camels provisionally qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championship with their mark. In 2016, it took a time of 1:22.17 to qualify in this relay. 

But Fothergill wasn't nearly done for the night. In the 50 yard free, the senior standout from the Bay State captured another NESCAC Crown, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championship with a time of 20.48 seconds. Last year, it took a time of 20.56 to have your ticket punched for nationals in this event. Read more about Fothergill in Lisa Champagne's Friday Feature column on

In the 50 yard butterfly, Tilneac and sophomore Marc Klepacki (Hadley, Mass.) placed second and third for the Camels with respective times of 22.18 and 22.36 seconds. Junior Weston Stephens (Springfield, Ill.) placed fifth in this event with a time of 22.53 seconds for the Camels. In the 500 yard freestyle, senior Stephen Skaperdas (New Canaan, Conn.) posted a time of 4:35.34 to finish fourth. Senior Mace Molina (Wilton, Conn.) finished right behind Skaperdas in fifth place with a time of 4:35.46. 

Senior All-American Loring Bowen (Summit, N.J.) and Trebor Lawton (Gorham, Maine) placed fourth and fifth in the 50 yard backstroke with times of 23.11 and 23.17 seconds for the Camels.  In the 200 yard individual medley, junior All-American AJ Pite (Orange, Conn.) provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship with a time of 1:51.08, placing fourth for the Camels.  Sophomore Andrew Eigner (Cheshire, Conn.) took fifth place in the 200 yard IM with a time of 1:52.38. Last year, it took a time of 1:51.30 to earn an invitation to nationals in this event.

In the 400 yard medley relay, Bowen, Freiberg, Tilneac and Fothergill posted a time of 3:21.12 en route to their fifth place showing, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championship. 

The Camels scored 499.5 points to finish fourth in the 11 team field. Williams College has scored 643 points to take an early lead. Amherst is in second with 547 points and is closely followed by Tufts (542). Bates is in fifth place with 333.5 points with Bowdoin sitting in sixth with 326.5 points.