This Saturday will mark the annual clash between the men (and women) of the Williams and Amherst swim/dive teams. While the Williams men have won five of the last six meetings between the teams, the balance of power seems to have tipped to Amherst thanks to a core roster of NCAA-level superstars and a deep freshman class. The meet is always an interesting one, due in part to its unusual format. The meet features a short, 200’s of stroke format with only 6 swimmers scoring, and while this format has traditionally kept Amherst in the game against a large Williams roster, the Ephs may benefit more from the short format this year. I think the largest issue will be that Williams cannot afford to lose the races it places its three best swimmers in. Ben Wampler, Gary Roberson, and Paul Dyrkacz will have to walk away with a combined 54 points (at least) to keep Williams in the game. While Wampler faces somewhat less depth in the 50 and 100 free, Roberson will face a multitude of talented Amherst swimmers in some mixture of the 1000, 200, and 500 free. Dyrkacz will also have his hands full in the 200 IM and, to a lesser extent, the 200 breast. Even with these events, the rest of the Williams roster will need to step up and steal points from Amherst if they want to walk away with the win. What are other peoples’ thoughts? I know LordJeffFree probably has an event-by-event breakdown that he’s been waiting for an excuse to post.
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