WALTHAM, Mass. – Juniors George Go (Manila, Philippines) and Tyler Champagne (Orange, Conn./Amity Reg. HS) project to be the top performers for the Bentley University men's swimming team at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships, which will be contested this weekend at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt.
Go captured the 50 yard backstroke at last year's championship, and is listed number one on the psych sheet in the event. He's also number two in both the 50 and 100 butterfly, and is third in the 100 back and 200 fly.
Champagne has the number two qualifying time in both the 500 free and the 1650 free, and is third in the 1000 free.
Bentley's only other number two swimmer on the psych sheet is sophomore Phillip Chan (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier HS), in the 50 breaststroke.
Falcons listed at third are senior Erik Stricker (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central HS) in the 500 free and 400 individual medley, freshman Connor Mulvey-Hudson (Ardmore, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) in the 50 and 100 breast, freshman Josh Witty (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos HS) in the 200 backstroke, and sophomore Peter Belanger (Andover/Andover HS) in the 200 breast.
Keene State, which will be seeking its fourth straight team championship, has the top qualifying performance in 19 of the 23 events that will be contested. The diving events were held last weekend, with the Falcons amassing 30 points. UMass-Dartmouth took the early lead with 65, Roger Williams followed with 61, and Keene had 58.
Bentley captured the meet five straight years from 2004-08 and has been second to Keene annually since.
The NEISDA Championships will run from Friday through Sunday, with preliminaries each morning at 10 am and finals each evening at 5:30 pm. Links for live results will be available on the Bentley website at www.bentleyfalcons.com