|Anna Kimura earned her first All-Conference honor|
MEDFORD - Eleven members of head coach Adam Hoyt's Tufts University men's and women's swimming & diving teams earned New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference honors with their performances at the recent 2018 NESCAC Championship meets.
All-Conference recognition is earned by placing among the top three at the conference meet. The men's championship was held at Bowdoin College February 23-25 and the NESCAC women's meet was at Williams College February 16-18. On the men's side, junior Kingsley Bowen, sophomore Roger Gu, sophomore Matthew Manfre, senior Zach Wallace, senior tri-captain James McElduff, senior Lorenzo Lau, sophomore Costantino Camerano, senior Michael Brienza, freshman John LaLime and freshman Tyler Tatro receive All-NESCAC for 2018. Senior co-captain Anna Kimura is the Jumbos' lone women's recipient.
Bowen swam to All-Conference finishes in six events, including firsts in the 50 backstroke, 400 medley relay, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 400 freestyle relay, as well as a second with the 200 medley relay. He was All-NESCAC in five events as both a sophomore last year and as a freshman in 2016. Combined, the three-time All-NESCAC performer has 16 top-three finishes in his career.
All-Conference in three events as a freshman last season, Gu doubled that amount this year. He won the 50 freestyle and was part of the winning 400 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. Gu had runner-up performances this season with the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay along with a second-place in the 100 free individually. That gives him nine All-NESCAC finishes through two seasons.
Wallace is All-NESCAC for the third straight year. He did it in three events this season, winning with the 400 medley relay and taking runner-up with the 200 freestyle relay and in the 200 IM. With his five All-Conference finishes last season and one as a sophomore in 2016, he will leave the team with nine All-Conference awards overall. Now a two-time All-Conference recipient, McElduff earned it in three events this year as well by winning the 400 individual medley and also finishing first in the 400 freestyle relay. He was second in the 200 butterfly. McElduff was All-NESCAC in five events last season for eight total.
Brienza and Lau earned All-NESCAC for the second time in their careers. Brienza, who achieved the honor as a sophomore in 2016, made it this year with the second-place 200 freestyle relay. Lau is All-Conference for the second year in a row. This year's accolade is from the first-place 400 freestyle relay. Camerano also receives the recognition for the second year in a row. He's now done it in three events overall including with the second-place 200 freesyle relay and 200 medley relay last weekend.
Three freshman Jumbos are All-NESCAC for the first time. LaLime did it with a runner-up time in the 1,000 freestyle and a third-place in the 1,650 free. Manfre was recognized as part of the 400 medley relay and 200 medley relay foursomes. Tatro was third in the 200 free to garner his award.
Kimura is All-NESCAC for the first time in her career after submitting a runner-up performance in the 200 breaststroke.
The Jumbo men won their first-ever NESCAC championship this season, ending Williams College's 15-year run as conference champs. The women's team placed fourth, a big jump from their eighth-place showing in 2017.