WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. --- Two races, two school records, and two champonship finals for Mason Roberts in the breaststroke races after he placed sixth in the 100-yard event at the New England Small College Athletic Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at Williams College.
Roberts broke his second school record in as many days with a time of 56.73 in finishing first among all swimmers in the morning preliminary races. The old record of 56.98 was set in 2002. Roberts had a 58.12 in the championship final. His prelim time was the second-fastest of the day behind winner Ben McBratney (56.29) of Amherst College. The 56.73 by Roberts was an NCAA 'B' cut qualifying time and smashed his season best of 1:01.97.
Paul Wennberg was 11th in the 100 breaststroke in 59.76 (59.61 prelim) and Adam Spierer took 16th place with a 1:00.74 (1:00.48 prelim).
Roberts was part of another school record for Colby along with Brian Gilligan, Ryan Trafton, and Vincent Galea. The foursome had a prelim time of 1:41.16 and swam in the 'B' final (places 9 to 16). They easily topped that time with a 1:33.93 to break the old school record set in 2009. Colby's time was good enough to take sixth in the championship final and the Mules won the 'B' final.
Colby's Ryan Bachur, Ray Rieling, Galea, and Andy Peterson combined to take eighth place in the 800 freestyle relay, smashing Colby's season-best time of 7:43.15 with a 7:07.84 time.
Colby teammates Jack Mauel and Trafton tied for 15th place in the 100 butterfly in 52.33. Mauel had a 51.89 prelim time and Trafton had a 51.91 clocking.
Galea won the 'C' final (places 17 to 24) in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:45.45. Rieling earned 19th place in 1:46.96 (1:46.12 prelim) and Bachur was 23rd with a 1:47.92.
Colby remains in eighth place after the second of three days of competition with a score of 409. Williams is first (1414.5) and Amherst is a close second with a 1362). Connecticut College (744), Tufts University (725), Bowdoin College (653.5), Bates College (596), Middlebury College (483.5), Colby, Hamilton College (353), Trinity College (276), and Wesleyan University (236.5) are the rest of the field.