Charest, Cory set team records on first full day of men's NESCACs

Matthew Charest highlighted the first full day of the NESCAC Men's Championships with his third-place performance in the 50-yard breaststroke on Feb. 22, 2019. (File photo by Vanessa Williamson)

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Junior Matthew Charest had a breakthrough race in the 50-yard breaststroke, winning All-NESCAC honors and tying the team record to highlight the first full day of the NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships for Bates College.

Charest (Lewiston, Maine) swam the preliminary trials of the event in 25.69 seconds, second fastest in the entire field, matching the team record set by Dan Walpole in 2017. In the evening session, Charest finished third in the championship final, earning his first career All-NESCAC award for his top-three finish.

Other Bates highlights included:

  • First-year Pieter Cory (Dublin, Calif.) broke the team record in the 200-yard individual medley in trials with his time of 1:52.48, bettering the former team mark of 1:52.85 set by Riley Ewing in 2016. Cory placed seventh in the championship final with a time of 1:53.00.
  • In Thursday's lone event, the 800 free relay, Bates' top team of senior Alex Bedard (Amherst, N.H.), Cory, senior Rory Collins (Brookfield, Conn.) and junior Tanner Fuller (Wellington, Fla.) took fifth place in 6:49.69.
  • First-year Osceola Heard (Newark, N.J.) scored 340.95 points in the championship finals of 1-meter diving, placing eighth. First-year Sam Poulos (Shaker Heights, Ohio) placed 14th with 223.70 points in prelims.
  • Bates placed eighth in the 200 free relay in 1:24.62, on legs swum by Fuller, first-year Max Younger (Orinda, Calif.), first-year Dan Waterland (Chadds Ford, Pa.) and Collins.
  • Bedard placed 12th in the 50 breast in 26.36, following a prelim time of 26.21.
  • Senior Benjamin Nussbaum (Ridgefield, Conn.) placed 13th in the 500 freestyle (4:40.02).
  • First-year Andrew Hall (Little Silver, N.J.) placed 14th in the 200 IM, in 1:53.82 after a trial time of 1:53.59.
  • Fuller placed 14th in the 50 freestyle (21.50).
  • Waterland finished 15th in the 50 backstroke (24.31, with a trial time of 24.12).
  • Junior Alexander Ignatov (Trumbull, Conn.) took 16th place in the 500 free (4:43.79).

Bates has 394 points with two days remaining in the meet, currently in sixth place among 11 teams. Saturday's 10am and 6pm sessions will include the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 1,000 free and 200 medley relay.