Men's Swimming and Diving Claims Convincing Victory
MIDDLETOWN, Conn.-The Coast Guard men's swimming and diving team swept the top three spots in both the 100 and 200 freestyle events en route to claiming a 172-108 victory over Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon. The victory is the second in a row for the Bears who improve to 7-3 in dual meets on the season.
Sophomore Ben Morseth was the big winner on the day for Coast Guard, winning three individual events and swimming leadoff for the winning 200 medley relay team. Morseth won the 100 backstroke (55.72), 200 backstroke (1:57.91), and 100 IM (1:59.94) while helping pace the 200 medley relay team to a winning time of 1:38.66. He was joined on the relay team by freshman Carl Fuhs, and juniors Ryan Buys and junior Christian Brindamour.
Brindamour paced the 100 freestyle sweep in a time of 48.25, followed by senior Marco Tinari (49.79) and freshman Carl Fuhs (50.32) who placed second and third, respectively.
Tinari was also heavily involved in the Bears' sweep of the 200 freestyle, winning in a time of 1:46.80, followed by freshmen second and third place finishers Mike Franco and Elliot VanDeren with times of 1:49.31 and 1:49.84, respectively.
Sophomore Andy Anderson swept both diving events, uncontested, with scores of 220.72 (1-meter) and 268.50 (3-meter). Coast Guard also got victories from Buys in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.17 and Brindamour in the 50 freestyle in 20.89. Buys also followed up Brindamour's victory with a second place finish in a time of 22.76 in the 50 freestyle.
The 200 freestyle team of junior Tyler Kotchman, Fuhs, Buys, and Brindamour claimed Coast Guard's final victory of the day in 1:28.59. Other top finishers for the Bears were runner's-up freshman Londen Thomas (200 butterfly, 1:58.97), VanDeren (200 breaststroke, 2:15.37), Fuhs (1000 breaststroke, 1:00.82), and freshman Aaron Overheim (500 freestyle, 4:53.75).
Coast Guard returns to action when they compete at the NEWMAC Championships from February 20th through February 23rd when they seek to dethrone defending champion MIT.