Men’s swimming finishes fourth at NESCAC Championship

The Connecticut College men's swimming team scored 1,331 points to place fourth in the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship at Wesleyan University this weekend. 

On the first night of action, the Connecticut College 200-yard freestyle relay team set a meet, pool and facility record with a winning time of 1:21.35. The team, comprised of Niko Brosnihan ’17, All-American Mike Fothergill ’17, Drake Freiberg ’18 and All-American George Tilneac ’18, is now provisionally qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championship next month.

Fothergill also won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.48 seconds, and Fothergill and Loring Bowen ’17 finished 1-2 in the 100-yard backstroke with NCAA provisional marks of 49.47 and 49.53 seconds, respectively. Read more about Fothergill in Lisa Champagne's Friday Feature column on

On the second night of the tournament, All-American AJ Pite ’18 successfully defended his NESCAC crown in the 400-yard individual medley with an impressive first-place time of 3:56.61.

The Camels turned in three more All-NESCAC performances on the final night in Middletown. The 400-yard freestyle relay team, comprised of Trebor Lawton ’17, Tilneac, Pite and Fothergill, took third, with Pite also placing third in the 200-yard breaststroke. Tilneac and Stephen Skaperdas ’17 placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 200-yard butterfly with times of 1:50.27 and 1:50.67.

Nine members of the team—Bowen, Brosnihan, Fothergill, Freiberg, Marc Klepacki '19, Lawton, Mason Molina '17, Pite and Tilneac—were named to the 2017 All-NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Team.

Under the direction of Head Coach Marc Benvenuti, the Camels have placed third at the conference championship in each of the past four seasons. The team has also placed in the nation's top 25 in each of the past six seasons, including a 20th-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

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February 21, 2017