In a matchup of NCAA Division III programs on Friday, Wabash College topped Kalamazoo College by a narrow 122-116 margin.
Senior Carter Adams and junior Elliot Johns each captured two individual wins out of seven first-place finishes for Wabash Fridaynight in the Little Giants’ 122-116 victory at Kalamazoo College.
Adams captured back-to-back wins in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly with a break for three-meter diving in between the two events. He took first in the individual medley with a time of 2:01.30, followed closely by teammate Zechariah Banks in second place (2:03.46). Josh Bleisch finished fourth (2:09.61). Adams won the 100 fly with a time of 53.04. Scot Ogle captured fourth place (58.11), while Dave Johnson finished fifth (58.26).
Johns finished the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.32 to win that event.Jack Belford, the current North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Week, grabbed second place with a time of 1:46.49. Steve Batchelder finished fourth (1:50.01). Johns added his second top placing by winning the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.82. Belford finished second again, this time touching the wall in 50.20. Batchelder scored a team point in fifth place (50.85).
Wabash jumped out to an early lead with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay. Adams joined Jake Childress, Banks, and Chris McGue for a winning time of 1:37.35. Joel Paquin scored a win in the 1,000 freestyle, touching the wall in 10:05.87. Arturo Granadosfinished third with a time of 10:32.75.
Childress won the 100 backstroke by finishing in 54.18. Dane Graywas second (1:00.31).
Paquin finished second in the 500 freestyle (4:57.07) with Granados took third place (5:05.91). Dakota Rhodes finished fourth (5:06.67). McGue added a second-place finish in the 50 free (22.56). Wyatt Tarter grabbed fourth place (23.59). Banks captured second place in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.98) with Bleisch grabbing fourth place (1:01.80) and Batchelder touching in fifth (1:03.31).
John Lang scored 158.55 points on the three-meter diving board for a third-place finish. He tallied 161.25 points in the one-meter event for a third-place finish. Anthony Repay scored 89.10 points to take fourth place in one-meter competition.
Wabash closed out the meet with a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. The foursome of Johns, Leo Abdalla, Belford, and McGue combined for a time of 1:29.35.
“We did what we needed to tonight,” head coach Brent Noble said. “We still have a lot of sharpening to do before the NCAC meet, but I’m happy with where we are mentally.
“The guys are perfectly on track for the bigger picture, and that came with a lack of speed tonight in a lot of areas. We get one more chance to race tomorrow. Our momentum is heading in the right direction, and I’m happy with where we are.”
Wabash continues its Michigan tour with a dual meet at Albion College Saturday at 1 p.m.
Kalamazoo College Release
The Kalamazoo College men’s swimming & diving team lost its final home dual meet of the season 122-116 to Wabash College on Friday.
Wabash jumped out to an early lead by winning the first three events. Dylan Shearer won the 50 Freestyle in the fourth event with a time of :21.77.
Will Guedes and Colin Grogan went one-two in the 3-meter Diving with scores of 320.80 and 253.25, respectively. The duo also went one-two in the 1-meter with scores of 335.60 and 242.50.
Michael Allen won the 500 Freestyle with a time of 4:56.62 while Shearer picked up his second win of the night in the 100 Breaststroke (:58.90).
Kalamazoo closed out the meet by winning the 200 Free Relay by 3/10 of a second (Cam Wasko, Jacob Wasko, Josh Claassens, Nick Polzin).
Kalamazoo returns to action with a dual meet at Alma College on Saturday, Jan. 24.