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    • #12093
      Morecowbell
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      Just came back from the first meet of the year. Amherst overwhelmed Colby and the Women’s Team showed why they have an excellent shot at beating Williams in their dual meet. A “B” cut time already in for the 200 Medley Relay team and Sasser won the 100 backstroke with an A cut qualifying time of 57.89 and 200 back with a B cut time 2:05.81. The team is deep and very talented.
      Men’s team looks stronger as well. They have talent and depth in the mid and long distances and freshman sprinter to add to the Scala /Kaplan/Resler trio.
      Will be an interesting team to watch.

    • #32069
      E0M8S
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      Amherst men may have picked up a decent sprinter frosh, but even with Witzke healthy it’s doubtful they’ll stand any kind of chance against Williams again this year. Sure, Williams lost Cunningham, Brecher, Orjuela, and Albohm, but they also picked up Hannigan and Millen. If you look at the events where it matters, with Estacio gone, McManic should take any backstroke instead of Cunningham. Millen and Spinelli can both top any Amherst competitor in the 200, 500, or 1000. Bonewell tops Ancona in the breaststroke in-season. Sprints should go to Hannigan or Gallucci. Sure, Treat can probably take the 200 IM, but he won’t take the 200 fly from Scott. Their medley relay isn’t as strong either. I don’t think this year’s Williams-Amherst duel will be the blowout it was last year, but I also don’t think the Williams men will be sweating the score at any point during the meet.

    • #32070
      Nescacfan
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      @Morecowbell wrote:

      Just came back from the first meet of the year. Amherst overwhelmed Colby and the Women’s Team showed why they have an excellent shot at beating Williams in their dual meet. A “B” cut time already in for the 200 Medley Relay team and Sasser won the 100 backstroke with an A cut qualifying time of 57.89 and 200 back with a B cut time 2:05.81. The team is deep and very talented.
      Men’s team looks stronger as well. They have talent and depth in the mid and long distances and freshman sprinter to add to the Scala /Kaplan/Resler trio.
      Will be an interesting team to watch.

      Amherst women did look good, but Colby really missed Norsworthy who is abroad this semester. Amherst was missing Marvel, who was still playing soccer in the D-III regional championship. If the Amherst women can get 10 swimmers/divers to nationals they have a good chance to better last year’s fourth place finish at Nationals. The William’s women are more vulnerable this year than the last two years. You can’t replace Lindsay Payne. However, you can bet that Coach Kuster will have the women ready to defend their home pool in early January– a pool in which, if I understand correctly, there has never been a dual meet loss.

    • #32071
      E0M8S
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      No duel meet losses at home for EphWOMEN. If I’m not mistaken, the Amherst men topped the Ephmen at home in 2003 (Estacio, Cunningham, and Brecher’s first year).

    • #32072
      nescacalum
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      @E0M8S wrote:

      No duel meet losses at home for EphWOMEN. If I’m not mistaken, the Amherst men topped the Ephmen at home in 2003 (Estacio, Cunningham, and Brecher’s first year).

      The Amherst men beat the Williams men in Williamstown in 2003 by four points. I think that was Williams’ first home dual meet loss ever.

    • #32073
      Nescacfan
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      I don’t think the Williams men have much to worry about this year. Williams has reloaded once again. Rumor has it that another strong class is on the way for next year also.

      I wonder if Coach Kuster would consider a move to a D-I program if they came knocking on his door. I sure he would make a lot of schools’ short list.

    • #32074
      swim5599
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      That guy is a great coach, and those kids have ridiculous time drops just about every year. If I were an AD I would hire Kuster in a second

    • #32075
      Nescacfan
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      The question mark about the Middlebury men was answered in their win against Amherst. They are back and swimming well. Real good swims by Woods, Lux, Collier and O’Rourke. Young’s diving made a big difference for Middlebury. Middlebury’s 1-2 finish in the opening 200 Medley relay set the tone for the meet.

      The Amherst men had good swims by Witzke, Maslan and Homchick. I suspect Amherst’s Treat was under the weather last Saturday. He seemed, from the times, to have an off day.

      On the women’s side, the surprise for me were the winning swims in the 500 and 1000 Free by Amherst’s Kim. Amherst’s Lee had strong swims in the 200 Free, 200 IM and the 200 Back[she won this event]. These swims were big contribitors to Amherst’s win.

      Middlebury kept the women’s meet close by Van der Veer out-touching Marvel in the 50 Free and Ross out-touching Stern in the 100 Free. Ross displayed her buterfly form by winning both fly events with “B-cut” times. Amherst’s Pettersen kept that race close in the 100 fly with a “B-cut” of her own. Pettersen displayed her versatility by winning the 100 Breast. Middlebury’s Wang looked strong in her first dual meet, as did Middlebury FY distance swimmer, Soja. Amherst’s Stern just touched out Wang in the 200 Free. Amherst’s Haring swam well in the freestyle distance and 200 fly events. Sasser made her four swims count. Her lead off backstroke leg in Amherst’s 200 Medley win set a pool record and she won the 100 back, 200 breast and 200 IM events. Middlebury divers Hanson and Gogolen, with 1-2 finishes in both events, were a major factor in making the score almost a dead heat before Amherst swept the 200 IM and won the 400 Free Relay in the last two events.

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