Swimming: Smith Sets 1000 yard record
Colby placed tenth in this year's New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Swimming and Diving championships in Williamstown, MA this past weekend. Although the result might not seem remarkable, as the men's swimming team did not meet its goal of placing ahead of Bates College and Bowdoin College, there were several individual achievements attained by the Colby men's team. Captain Kevin Smith '10 broke his own two-year-old record by nine seconds and grabbed a third-place finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:38.31. Smith also took fifth place in 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:21.49. Moreover, Ben Gross '10 came in fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.99, qualifying him for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which is set to take place at the University of Minnesota on March 17. Gross also tied for seventh place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.66. Mason Roberts '12 came in fifth in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 26.71, and he also took eighth place in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke races. In the 50-yard butterfly, Ryan Trafton '12 took sixth place with a time of 23.40. In the relays, Gross, Smith, David Hirsch '10, and Raymond Rieling '12 posted a seventh place finish in the 800-yard freestyle, and Gross, Smith, Robert and Trafton finished ninth in the 400-yard medley relay. The only event left before the conclusion of this year's season is the NCAA tournament, where five Colby swimmers will race.