Top mens’ teams in early December

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    • #12905
      Nescacfan
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      After the first month of the NESCAC season, we can start to see some patterns after most teams have a couple of meets under their belts.

      Williams is the strongest team by a pretty big margin. FY giant, Wampler, has already made his mark on the 50 free. FY Roberson looks strong in the distance freestyle events. Add these two to the existing stable of Scott, Millen, Bullitt, Felker and Bonewell and you discover that the Ephs have nearly all the bases covered. Beating them is not the issue. It won’t be done by a NESCAC team. Winning one or two swimming events is the issue. [Todd Johnson of Hamilton may have one of the best chances in the back events.] Williams, however, could be vulnerable in diving, but it is not a major weakness.

      Who is second best? Amherst has put a strong stake in the ground with their wins over Colby, Wesleyan and Middlebury. Amherst FY Colby will battle in the distance freestyle events. The freestyle sprinter corp of Homchick, Resler and FY Fraser look pretty good especially when you add Witzke to the group. Witske has looked very strong in the 100 and 200 free so far this season. In the fly, breast and IM, Maslan, Mims and Prill have had some good swims. Amherst has strength in diving with Boyd and Bookman. I understand that they are picking up a diving transfer from Brown in early January.

      It looks like Tufts could once again be the team to battle Amherst for second. FY Vorlicek looks strong in the distance free events. Breaststroker Chan looks pretty fast at this stage of the season. [Watching Roberson, Colby and Vorlicek battle it out in these events is going to interesting to watch.]. Tufts also has a strong set of divers led by Matera and Stack. Overall, I think Amherst looks stronger than Tufts, the team they barely edged out last year at NESCAC’s by a couple of points.

    • #42206
      griz
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      Nescacfan:

      Williams is the strongest team by a pretty big margin.

      Um, yeah. Duh.

      I agree with you that Amherst looks really good. I think if Witzke stays healthy they are the number two (at least from a dual meet perspective). Tufts is really good too, and they may have the advantage over Amherst at NESCACs. I wouldn’t count out Midd yet either in terms of their performance at NESCACs, but I’d probably still rate them fourth. Then Conn. Then Colby/Wes. Then the rest. (However, I haven’t looked to see how Hamilton is doing…)

    • #42207
      Colbybr
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      Hamilton has a very strong freshmen (Bowie Sievers). Good IMer, butterflyer.

    • #42208

      Pretty good analysis at this point of the season by NESCACFan. It’ll be interesting to see how Amherst, Middlebury and Tufts teams develop through the season and how Middlebury stud freshman comes back form his injury.

      I noticed Amherst has an early January meet (Hamilton). Do they do a training trip over the holiday period? I always found these trips great for laying in a solid conditioning foundation and a great team builder.

    • #42209
      Nescacfan
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      @d3swimmeranddad wrote:

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      I noticed Amherst has an early January meet (Hamilton). Do they do a training trip over the holiday period? I always found these trips great for laying in a solid conditioning foundation and a great team builder.

      Amherst normally leaves for a training trip to Puerto Rico after the Williams meet. That meet this year is on January 12.

    • #42210

      Nescacfan:

      Thanks for the information. Not sure if there is any advantage or disadvantage to an early or late training trip.

    • #42211
      Colbybr
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      Well it is good for Amherst, since they typically rest for the dual with Williams. Then they can immediately get back to the last bit of hard training before NESCACs

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