Men's Swimming & Diving

McGean Breaks 1,650 Free Record, Men Eighth at NESCAC Championships

Michael McGean lowered his own school record during Saturday's 1,650-yard freestyle.
Michael McGean lowered his own school record during Saturday's 1,650-yard freestyle.

Michael McGean tallied his second school record in as many nights, picking up the second during Sunday's 1,650 freestyle, as Middlebury finished eighth during the 2017 NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. The three-day event was held inside the Wesleyan Natatorium, as the Panthers accumulated 576.5 points, while Williams grabbed the team title with 1,671.

In the evening's first event, McGean swam to a runner-up finish during the 1,650 free after finishing second in Saturday's 1,000 free in a school-record time. His 1,650 free on Sunday was an NCAA 'B' cut time of 15:46.27, eclipsing the time of 15:54.67 by Ryan Marklewitz in 2008. McGean swam to his fourth top-four finish in as many tries over his career, as the distance freestyle specialist won the event in 2016, touched the wall third in 2015 and fourth in 2014. He also stopped the clock with the third-quickest time in Friday's 500 free final.

A few events later during the 200 fly, Jack Dowling raced to seventh place with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:52.81.

During the 3-meter diving competition, Mike Chirico finished fourth with 420.05 points after recording a third-place showing in Friday's 1-meter event.

The 4x400-free relay quartet of Nick Schrope, Will Pannos, Brendan Leech and Noel Antonisse capped off the championship's final event with a ninth-place time of 3:07.94.

The Panthers will have a little less than a month off from competition before members of the team who qualify will compete at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving National Championships in at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas from March 15-18.