Middlebury @ Amherst

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    • #12858
      Nescacfan
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      While most NESCAC teams are headed to invitationals this weekend, Middlebury travels to Amherst for a big meet. What are your predictions?

    • #41388
      Colbybr
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      My vote goes for Midd men and Amherst Women. Amherst men will not be close in my opinion while women could mix it up a bit more but I think overall the Amherst women have the stars (Sasser, Stern, etc) and the depth.

    • #41389
      griz
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      At first, I thought Midd would win big on the men’s side. However, looking at the NESCAC top times list I’m thinking it will be much closer. Amherst has advantages in freestyle and backstroke while Midd has advantages in fly, breast, and the relays. Diving should help Amherst (but where did that kid who won NESCACs as a frosh at Midd go this year?)

      No one knows what the “wunderkind” at Midd can go in the freestyles because he didn’t swim them last week. I think Midd wins but that it is a close meet.

      I think the women’s meet also has the potential to be a great meet. There could be some close races that make the meet close or blow it wide open.

    • #41390
      Morecowbell
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      Amherst sweep. Women are talented and deep. Men will be very close -the new freshmen have stepped up big time early and Witzke looks to be healthy now. They have speed to replace Kaplan; Treat was an all around threat but Maslan appears to be swimming well.
      This meet will be a good early test of both squads,”home field” wins it for Amherst.

    • #41391
      Nescacfan
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      I think the Middlbury men will win comfortably, i.e. clinch before the last relay.

      The women’s meet will go down to the last relay. The outcome of the meet will be detemined by the which team’s FY swimmers/divers step up. Amherst has to find help in the breast stroke. Amherst will miss juniors Marvel [out dor the season with knee injury] and Lee[ semester abroad].

      Middlebury wins the fly events with Ross leading the way. Will K. Stern swim against Ross in the 100 fly? I doubt it. Look for her to swim the 50 and 100 free. Middlebury FY McDonald looks fast in those two events. Ross might also swim a freestyle event. Chatikavanij[M] and Morrison[A] will score points in these two events.

      Will Cowie and Soja dominate the 1000. Amherst’s best distance freesyler Kim did not swim for Amherst in the first two meets. Look for M. Stern to battle it out in the 200 free [ against McDonald?] and 500 Free [agaist Cowie and Soja].

      Sasser and Pritchard lead the way for Amherst in the back. Will Sasser swim the 200 breast again this year or is there a Amherst FY swimmer that can cover that event for Amherst. Not likely that anyone on Amherst can top Middlebury’s Suppan in the 100 breast.

      What about the IM event? Will Amherst FY Jensen be battling Suppan? Ross[M] and Sasser [A] could swim this event.

      Middlebury could generate a lot of energy with a win in the opening medley relay. They have a chance. Will both teams use their big guns in the first event or save some power for later in the meet?

      Amherst’s FY diver Messinger could be the key to the meet. She has had two strong showings. Getting a first in one of the diving events would be a huge lift for Amherst.

      The meet will be a chess match as the two coaches decide in real time which swimmers to put in what events. Both have several swimmers who excel in multiple events. For example, Wang[M] and McLaverty{A] can pick up points in several events.

      Prediction: Amherst gets a first in the free relay and wins the meet by less than 10.

    • #41392
      griz
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      Nescacfan, why do you think that Midd wins so handily on the men’s side?

      I’m also not sure how healthy Witzke is. He is swimming very well right now, but I’ve heard that he must wear a legsuit in practices and meets to help out. Does anyone know anything about this?

    • #41393
      Nescacfan
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      @griz wrote:

      Nescacfan, why do you think that Midd wins so handily on the men’s side?

      I’m also not sure how healthy Witzke is. He is swimming very well right now, but I’ve heard that he must wear a legsuit in practices and meets to help out. Does anyone know anything about this?

      I’m told Witzke has a circulation problem. He seems faster in the shorter freestyle events. FY Ryan Colby has taken up the slack in the 500 and longer events.

      Amherst men have freestyle [and diving] strengths but are not that strong in the other strokes. That’s why I think Middlebury will win. If it comes down to the final freestyle relay, Amherst wins.

    • #41394
      Nescacfan
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      Boy, did I underestimate the strength of the Amherst men and, to some extent, the Amherst women. Both Amherst teams had outstanding performances from a number of swimmers against Middlebury.

      For the men, newcomers Colby, Fraser and Fitzgerald had a strong meet. So did Witske, Maslan, Waskom, Homchick,Resler and Prill. Divers Boyd and Bookman went 1-2 in the two diving events. Amherst went 1-2 in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free 500 free and 200 back.

      The Amherst women had a slightly tougher time than the men, but much easier that I predicted. Sasser, as expected, won her three individual events: the 100 back, 200 back and the 200 IM. M. Stern won the 200 and 500 free events and anchored the winnining 200 medley and 400 free relays. The surprising swims came from two sophomores [Ellen Fitzgerald in the 100 breast and and Anna Haring in the 200 Fly] and two FY’s [Jensen in the 200 breast and K. Stern in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly].

    • #41395
      openwater
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      @Nescacfan wrote:

      Boy, did I underestimate the strength of the Amherst men and, to some extent, the Amherst women. Both Amherst teams had outstanding performances from a number of swimmers against Middlebury.

      For the men, newcomers Colby, Fraser and Fitzgerald had a strong meet. So did Witske, Maslan, Waskom, Homchick,Resler and Prill. Divers Boyd and Bookman went 1-2 in the two diving events. Amherst went 1-2 in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free 500 free and 200 back.

      The Amherst women had a slightly tougher time than the men, but much easier that I predicted. Sasser, as expected, won her three individual events: the 100 back, 200 back and the 200 IM. M. Stern won the 200 and 500 free events and anchored the winnining 200 medley and 400 free relays. The surprising swims came from two sophomores [Ellen Fitzgerald in the 100 breast and and Anna Haring in the 200 Fly] and two FY’s [Jensen in the 200 breast and K. Stern in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly].

      Just a suggestion (to all) that a post like this would be a great place to include a link to the meet results under discussion.

    • #41396
      Nescacfan
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      @openwater wrote:

      @Nescacfan wrote:

      Boy, did I underestimate the strength of the Amherst men and, to some extent, the Amherst women. Both Amherst teams had outstanding performances from a number of swimmers against Middlebury.

      For the men, newcomers Colby, Fraser and Fitzgerald had a strong meet. So did Witske, Maslan, Waskom, Homchick,Resler and Prill. Divers Boyd and Bookman went 1-2 in the two diving events. Amherst went 1-2 in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free 500 free and 200 back.

      The Amherst women had a slightly tougher time than the men, but much easier that I predicted. Sasser, as expected, won her three individual events: the 100 back, 200 back and the 200 IM. M. Stern won the 200 and 500 free events and anchored the winnining 200 medley and 400 free relays. The surprising swims came from two sophomores [Ellen Fitzgerald in the 100 breast and and Anna Haring in the 200 Fly] and two FY’s [Jensen in the 200 breast and K. Stern in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly].

      Just a suggestion (to all) that a post like this would be a great place to include a link to the meet results under discussion.

      Good suggestion:

      https://cms.amherst.edu/athletics/teams/winter/swimming/articles/2007_2008/middlebury_results/mens_results

      https://cms.amherst.edu/athletics/teams/winter/swimming/articles/2007_2008/middlebury_results/womens_results

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