The Amherst men’s swimming & diving team has withdrawn from the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships after a violation of team rules, the school confirmed to SwimSwam on Saturday. Their withdraw opens up 9 new spots in the meet – those changes have not been published on the NCAA or USA Swimming website, but invited athletes have been notified.
“Coach Nichols discovered a violation of team rules concerning alcohol policy by the men’s swimming and diving team,” a spokesperson said. “In consultation with the Athletic Director, he decided not to permit team members to attend the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.”
Sources tell SwimSwam that evidence was found of alcohol consumption on the team bus after the NESCAC Conference Championship meet. At that meet, Amherst finished 3rd behind Tufts (1671 points) and Williams College (1590 points).
Based on psych sheet scoring, the Amherst men were projected to finish 14th at the NCAA Championships. The Amherst women’s team, projected to finish 12th, are still expected to participate.
Denison has the first 3 alternates to the meet, but because they’ve already had 18 swimmers invited, those names will be skipped (unless Denison decides to scratch an already-invited swimmer instead). Because of the way the Division III selections work, these invites are not inconsequential: all will be well within striking distance for points, seeded 16th or 17th in their events (with 16 scoring).
Swimmers who earn invites based on Amherst’s scratch.
- Chris Dabrowski, Wabash, 1650 free – 15:49.50
- Kyle Shadeck, Keene St., 200 fly – 1:49.18
- Samuel Willettt, Claremont Mudd-Scripps, 200 back – 1:49.01
- Aaron Green, Widener, 100 free – 44.81
- Justin Chiu, MIT, 100 breast – 55.62
- Drew Hamilton, Case Western, 500 free – 4:30.70
- Alex Menzer, Swarthmore, 500 free – 4:30.70
- Jacob Cost, Wheaton (MA), 100 back – 49.31
- Connor Sweeney, MIT, 200 fly – 1:49.30
Included on the list are Widener’s only swimming invitee, Aaron Green; Wabash’s only swimming invitee, Chris Dabrowski; and 2 additional swimmers from MIT, who are seeded to finish 6th at the meet. Among those are Connor Sweeney, who probably didn’t expect to get a call-up as the 13th alternate.