Men's swimming and diving 2017-18 season preview

Men's swimming and diving 2017-18 season preview

Team captains Tripp Miller '18 and Trevor Pearson '18 lead the Hamilton College men's swimming and diving team into the 2017-18 season. Miller and Pearson are joined on the roster by three other seniors including Ben Cooper '18, Chris Klein '18 and Case Tatro '18.

They will be guided by an entirely new staff that includes head coach John Geissinger, assistant coach Mary Buzeta and diving coach Dana Paciello. Geissinger and Buzeta competed for top Division III programs Denison University and Emory University, respectively.

Miller led the Continentals to the team title in their own Hamilton Invitational last December by winning three individual events and helping the Continentals to first place in four relays. The meet was the last of the season for Miller, who studied off campus during the spring semester, so he made the most of it. He set a Bristol Pool record and just missed the school record by .13 seconds in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:05.82. The old pool record had stood since 1995. He won the 100 breast in 58.27 seconds and the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:54.50. The 100 breast performance was good for third on the program's top 10 times list and he's third on the 200 IM list.

Pearson specializes in backstroke and distance freestyle events. He's eighth on the top times list in the 1,000 free and 10th in the 200 back.

Cooper is one of the top backstrokers in program history as he's fourth on the top times list in the 200 back and fifth in the 100 back. He went on to finish in the top 24 of both backstroke events at the 2017 NESCAC championship.

Evan Tatro '20 contributed right away as a freshman. He holds the eighth spot on the top times list in the 200 back and finished in seventh place in the consolation final of the 200 IM at last year's conference meet. He will be counted on to compete in butterfly, free and back events this season.

Jesse Bennett '19 provides valuable depth in the breaststroke events. Bennett is seventh on the top times list in the 200 breast and ended up in the top 24 of the 50 and 200 breast at the 2017 NESCAC championship.

Three freshmen join the Hamilton men's roster this fall. The Continentals kick off the season with a dual meet at home against Utica College on Friday, Nov. 17. The Pioneers are 4-2 in dual meets already this season, including a victory against Cazenovia College at home on Nov. 10. Hamilton travels to SUNY New Paltz for another dual meet on Saturday, Nov. 18. New Paltz finished third at the SUNY Cortland Relays on Oct. 21, lost to Hartwick College on Oct. 28 and is at Vassar College on Friday.

The 2017 Hamilton Invitational will be Dec. 1 and 2. Hamilton also hosts Wesleyan (Jan. 6), Rochester Institute of Technology (Jan. 13) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Feb. 3). Another highlight of the regular season is a meet at Williams with Middlebury on Jan. 27.

The NESCAC championship -- one of the top conference meets in Division III -- is Feb. 23 through Feb. 25 at Bowdoin. The 2018 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships are at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis beginning on March 21.