Men's swimming places fourth in Hamilton Invitational

Nick Wilkins '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Nick Wilkins '22 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Nick Wilkins '22 finished first in three events and the Continentals ended up in fourth place out of eight teams in the 2018 Hamilton Swimming and Diving Invitational at Bristol Pool.

The two-day, three-session meet began on Friday and wrapped up Saturday night. The Continentals won't compete again until Jan. 5, 2019, when they travel to Wesleyan University for a dual meet against their NESCAC rivals.

Wilkins was a winner in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:57.24 and the 100 breaststroke in 58.55 seconds. He won the 200 breast by more than seven seconds with a time of 2:08.91. He's already in fourth place on the program's top 10 times list in the 100 breast, sixth in the 200 breast and ninth in the 200 IM. Wilkins was also part of a winning 400 medley relay that finished in 3:37.60. The rest of the relay included Jordan Allen '19, Alexander Clark '22 and Jack Sullivan '22.

Allen captured first place in the 200 backstroke (2:00.05) and was sixth in the 100 back with a time of 56.63 seconds. Clark landed in fourth place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.80 seconds, finished seventh in the 50 freestyle in 22.48 seconds and was ninth in the 100 free with a time of 50.42 seconds. Sullivan grabbed 10th place in the 200 free (1:52.20).

Jesse Bennett '19 took first place in the 400 IM (4:23.39), fourth place in the 200 breast (2:16.98) and eighth place in the 500 free (5:04.55). Bennett was also on the runner-up 800 free relay that recorded a time of 7:22.91. He was joined on the relay by Wilkins, Clark and Jake Lowy '19.

Will Brindisi '22 finished second in the 200 IM (2:04.86) behind Wilkins, and Ben Kaplan '21 was eighth in the 200 breast (2:20.27).

Hamilton collected 1,078 team points. SUNY Oswego (1,427 points) edged SUNY Cortland (1,414) by 13 points for the team title.