Pite Successfully Defends NESCAC Crown in 400 IM for Camels

Pite Successfully Defends NESCAC Crown in 400 IM for Camels

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.—Junior All-American AJ Pite posted a time of 3:56.61 to successfully defend his NESCAC Crown in the 400 yard individual medley on the second night of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Swimming and Diving Championship at Wesleyan Saturday.

Pite has provisionally qualified for next month's NCAA Championship. In 2016, it took a time of 4:01.01 to qualify for nationals in this event.  For the second night in a row, Mike Fothergill of Medford, Mass. (pictured after last night's win in the 50 free by Paul Brandon photography) celebrated as a NESCAC Champion. Fothergill and classmate and fellow All-American Loring Bowen (Summit, N.J.) finished 1-2 in the 100 yard backstroke with NCAA provisional marks of 49.47 and 49.53 seconds. Trebor Lawton (Gorham, Maine) placed fifth in the 100 back with a time of 50.70 seconds. Last year, it took a time of 49.76 seconds to qualify for the NCAA Championship in this event. 

In the 100 yard butterfly, junior All-American George Tilneac (New York, N.Y.) provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship, placing second for the Camels with a time of 48.86 seconds.  Last year, it took a time of 49.05 seconds to have your ticket punched for the NCAAs in this event. The 800 yard freestyle relay team comprised of Bowen, Tilneac, Pite and Mace Molina (Wilton, Conn.) place third with a time of 6:47.50. 

In the 200 yard medley relay, Bowen, Drake Freiberg (Glastonbury, Conn.) Weston Stephens (Springfield, Ill.) and Fothergill provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship, placing fourth for the Camels with a time of 1:31.71.  Molina and Stephen Skaperdas (New Canaan, Conn.) took fifth and sixth place in the 1,000 yard free with respective times of 9:36.21 and 9:37.60.  In the 100 yard breaststroke, Freiberg finished eighth for the Camels with a time of 57.67 seconds.

The Camels are in fourth place with 989.5 points through the first two nights of action. Williams is in the lead with 1,145 points. Amherst College has scored 1,049 points with Tufts clinging to third place with 1,008 points. The Camels have place third in each of their past four Championships so it should be an exciting Sunday finale to see if they can catch the Jumbos.