William & Mary Powers Past Virginia Military Institute

Photo Courtesy: Jim Agnew, College of William & Mary

Men’s Meet

The William & Mary men’s swimming won 10 of 11 eventsSaturday, breezing past VMI on the road, 150-55. The Tribe improved to 6-1 on the year for the third time in the last five years, while the Keydets fell to 1-3 overall.

W&M swam a lot of depth-events in the meet, with only a few men swimming races in their top three. Despite that, the Tribe put up a very strong performance with 10 wins and seven more silver-medal showings. Leading the way was senior Conrad Zamparello (Midlothian, Va.), who won both of his events to rank as the Tribe’s top scorers. First up, he won the 1,000 free in 9:52.48, then came back at the very end of the meet to win the 200 breast in 2:12.72. Sophomore Colin Wright (Williamsburg, Va.) only swam one individual event, collecting a win in the 100 IM at 54.03, but he also played a part in both of W&M’s relay victories. At the start of the meet, he combined with Philip Barto (Midlothian, Va.), Wyatt Grubb (Mechanicsville, Va.), and Devin McNulty (Herndon, Va.) to win the 400 medley relay in 3:33.97. Then, in the final event of the day, Wright, Eric Grimes (Louisville, Ky.), Jack Doherty (Middletown, Conn.), and Kyle Neri (Wallingford, Conn.) teams up to swim 1:25.06 in the 200 free relay.

In between the two relays, individual wins also went to Neri, timing 1:43.43 in the 200 free, as well as McNulty, who won the 50 free in 22.06 seconds. Doherty doubled his usual workload to win the 200 fly, touching the wall in 2:01.65. FreshmanAristedes Speres (Rye, N.Y.) won the 100 free by a tough in 48.38 seconds, and classmate Jake Kealy (Wilton, Conn.)stepped away from his usual haunt of the 200 back to instead swim and win the 500 free, stopping the clock in 4:42.63.

Event Winners
400 Medley Relay – W&M 3:33.97 (Philip Barto, Colin Wright, Wyatt Grubb, Devin McNulty), VMI 3:36.16 (John Kim, Michael Morrison, Jake Boulter, Brady Gannon)
1000 Free – Conrad Zamparello (W&M) 9:52.48, Brien Collier (W&M) 10:01.88
200 Free – Kyle Neri (W&M) 1:43.43, James Mostofi (W&M) 1:46.34
50 Free – Devin McNulty (W&M) 22.06, Ryan Schmitz (VMI) 22.29
100 IM – Colin Wright (W&M) 54.03, Eric Grimes (W&M) 54.06
200 Fly – Jack Doherty (W&M) 2:01.65, James Mostofi (W&M) 2:03.49
100 Free – Aristides Speres (W&M) 48.38, Ramzy Ali (W&M) 48.39
200 Back – John Kim (VMI) 1:53.50, Joey Rento (W&M) 1:56.02
500 Free – Jake Kealy (W&M) 4:42.63, Lee Bradley (W&M) 4:47.35
200 Breast – Conrad Zamparello (W&M) 2:12.72, Bret Tomajczyk (VMI) 2:20.90
200 Free Relay – W&M 1:25.06 (Eric Grimes, Jack Doherty, Colin Wright, Kyle Neri), VMI 1:28.51 (Jacob Smilie, Ryan Schmitz, Brady Gannon, John Kim)

Notes
W&M is 6-1 for the third time in five years, matching the start of the 2013-14 and 2015-16 teams … Zamparello’s 200 breast win was the 10th overall of his career … Speres won his first career race.

Up Next
With the fall dual-meet slate complete, William & Mary is off for the next two weeks before returning to competition Dec. 1-3 at Princeton’s Big Al Invitational.

Women’s Meet

The William & Mary women’s swimming cruised past VMI on the road Saturday, winning 162-37. The Tribe improved to 7-2 on the year with the win, while the Keydets fell to 0-4 overall.

W&M showed impressive versatility and depth in the win, with most athletes swimming fourth or fifth events against the short-handed VMI squad, but still winning all 11 events and taking nine seconds as well. Among the team leaders was junior Emily Schroeder (West Windsor, N.J.), who won both of her individual events and led-off the winning 200 free relay. Schroeder began her day with a 1:59.44 win in the 200 free, then came back later to win the 100 free in 54.51 before leading the team of Meghan Schilken (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Madeline High (Ravenscroft, Va.), and Yuka Kuwahara (Ashburn, Va.) to victory in 1:41.69 in the final event of the day.

The freshman High also won an individual event, timing 2:10.74 in the 200 back, and had the lead-off swim in the 400 medley relay that led W&M to the win in 4:01.75. Her teammates on the relay included seniors Jess Crowley (Acton, Mass.) and Rachel Anderson (Clifton, Va.), as well as fellow rookie Tara Tiernan (West Hartford, Conn.). Tiernan and Crowley also had individual wins of their own against the Keydets, with the rookie winning the 500 free in 5:11.67, while Crowley won the 50 free in 24.94 seconds. Other event winners included freshman Megan Bull (Hillsborough, N.J.), winning the 1000 free in 10:39.48, as well as senior Shannon Harrington (Philadelphia, Pa.) who took the 100 IM in 1:01.28. Sophomore Margaret Williams (Williamsburg, Va.) led the Tribe to victory in the 200 fly, touching the wall in 2:13.66, and senior Emma Merrill (Fairfax, Va.) won the final individual event of the day, the 200 breast, stopping the clock in 2:30.60.

Event Winners
400 Medley Relay – W&M 4:01.75 (Madeline High, Jess Crowley, Rachel Anderson, Tara Tiernan), W&M 4:08.21 (Meghan Schilken, Emma Merrill, Abby Jones, Shannon Harrington)
1000 Free – Megan Bull (W&M) 10:39.48, Tess Ruona (W&M) 11:08.09
200 Free – Emily Schroeder (W&M) 1:59.44, Norah Hunt (W&M) 2:00.17
50 Free – Jess Crowley (W&M) 24.94, Natalie Rivas (VMI) 25.16
100 IM – Shannon Harrington (W&M) 1:01.28, Emma Merrill (W&M) 1:01.92
200 Fly – Margaret Williams (W&M) 2:13.66, Rachel Anderson (W&M) 2:13.90
100 Free – Emily Schroeder (W&M) 54.51, Jess Crowley (W&M) 54.72
200 Back – Madeline High (W&M) 2:10.74, Tess Ruona (W&M) 2:17.24
500 Free – Tara Tiernan (W&M) 5:11.67, Caroline Rhodes (W&M) 5:14.86
200 Breast – Emma Merrill (W&M) 2:30.60, Issi French (VMI) 2:36.36
200 Free Relay – W&M 1:41.69 (Emily Schroeder, Meghan Schilken, Madeline High, Yuka Kuwahara), W&M 1:42.38 (Megan Bull, Abby Jones, Margaret Williams, Mary Motch)

Notes
The team win made head coach Matt Crispino ’02 the winningest women’s coach in school history, with 78 career victories in 11 seasons … The previous record of 77 wins was set by Christine Jackson between 1969 and 1982 … W&M’s seven wins already this year are the most since 2014-15 … Schroeder, Williams, and High all won their first career races.

Up Next
With the fall dual-meet slate complete, William & Mary is off for the next two weeks before returning to competition Dec. 1-3 at Princeton’s Big Al Invitational.

Press release courtesy of William & Mary Athletics. 

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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