Swimming Falls to BowdoinBy Ognen J. Nastov
In its final dual meet of the season last Saturday, the men's swimming and diving team was defeated by Bowdoin College by a score of 127-108.
Coach John Benedick chalked up the loss to missing swimmers. "We were missing some key people," he said.
"We were not mentally into it, and we were also tired from a week of intense workouts," team tri-captain Brian Meade '93 said.
While the Engineers were not at their best, there were still a number of memorable swims and individual victories. Chad Gunnlaugsson '93 carried a double victory by winning the 100-yard freestyle in 49.83 seconds and the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.06. Tri-captain Bob Rockwell '93 triumphed in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:57.06, touching just 0.17 seconds ahead of the runner-up, Bowdoin's Stuntz. Rockwell also captured second place in the 200-yard freestyle behind Gunnlaugsson.
While Meade carried a routine victory in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.22 seconds, Jon Pfautz '95 claimed the number one spot in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.53 seconds.
The divers placed first and second in the two diving events. Richard DeCristofaro '93 won the 1-meter dive and Rajesh Anandan '95 won the 3-meter.
The 200-yard freestyle relay concluded the meet, with Bowdoin going 1-2 to round up the score at 127--108 for Bowdoin. "We didn't swim very well, and we also ran out of people at the end of the meet," Meade said.
The team completed its dual meet season with a 3-5 record, and has started three weeks of preparation for the New England Division III Championships in early March.
"The Bowdoin loss is out of our minds now as we prepare for New England's," said Meade. "First place at New England's will be anybody's fair game, since the perennial favorite, Williams College, doesn't have as strong a team."