A 6 a.m. departure and a 4-hour-long drive were not enough to stop the men's swim team from defeating two strong NESCAC foes last weekend. The team outscored Wesleyan 222-68 and Trinity 211-86 in Hartford.

Despite the landslide victories, Head Coach Brad Burnham noted that the meet came at a "transitional time," as the athletes had to adjust to the start of classes and a grueling week of practice with "maximal effort."

The meet itself was an adjustment as well, as the early morning travel was not prime preparation for a day of intense swimming. This may have impacted performances because as Burnham noted, "time wise there were no standouts."

Captain Nathan Mecray '12, took first in both the 100 breaststroke (58.66) and the 100 freestyle (47.59) en route to being named the NESCAC Swimmer of the Week.

Chris Granata '14 also won two events: the 100 butterfly (53.46) and 200 butterfly (1:56.98).

A slew of Polar Bears each won an event. Basyl Stuyvesant '13 swam to victory in the 200 backstroke (1:57.25), as did Ryan Peabody '14 in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:11.55). The first year class was well represented in the victory circle, as Andrew Park won the 100 backstroke (54.78), William Shi won the 50 freestyle (22.54), and Ryan Kulesza took the 200 IM (2:01.24).

The Polar Bears dominated in the relay events as Stuyvesant, Zachary Perez '12, captain Mac Routh '12, and Shi won the 400 medley relay (3:39.95), and Routh, Shi, Mecray, and E.J. Googins '13 raced to victory in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:29.62.

Thomas Kramer '15 performed well in the diving events, taking the one-meter (224.80) and three-meter (218.95) dives.

Though the Polar Bears pulled out the victory, Burnham said, "We hope the men realize who is out there. Life will not be that easy at NESCACs."

Bowdoin is looking to Connecticut College and Middlebury as the closest competition in the upcoming NESCAC championships on February 24.

Peabody noted that the anticipated conference meet will essentially be a "race for fourth place," as NESCAC competitors Amherst, Williams and Tufts are in a tier of their own.

Before NESCACs, the Polar Bears have their final regular season test against in-state rival Colby tomorrow.

-Compiled by Clare McLaughlin.