Mebust places 5th in 200 breaststroke at NCAAs

Sean Mebust

Sean Mebust’s placed fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke and he and brother Ted Mebust, both graduates of Cooperstown, competed at last weekend’s NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.

Sean, a junior at Amherst, swam a time of 1:58.92 in Saturday’s final to earn All-American status in the 200 breaststroke. He had qualified fourth, touching the wall in the 1:59.11 in Saturday morning’s preliminaries.

The junior also appeared in the finals of the 100-meter breaststroke, qualifying 16th to make the consolation final. He recorded the same time in the preliminary and the final, taking 15th with a time of 55.55.

He also competed in two relays, taking eighth in the 400-meter medley relay (3:17.49) as Amherst qualified seventh. In the 200-meter medley relay, the Mammoths took 10th in 1:29.93.

Ted, a freshman at Bowdoin, notched his highest finish in the 400-meter freestyle relay. The Polar Bears qualified in 14th place, taking 13th with a time of 3:02.34 in the final.

Bowdoin again entered the top 15 in the 800-meter freestyle relay, taking 14th in 6:47.99. The former Hawkeye swam the third leg in 1:43.42 as the team cut more than three seconds off the school record, set earlier this season at the NESCAC championship meet.

Bowdoin also competed in two other relays, with Mebust helping the Polar Bears to finishes of 18th and 22nd in the 200-meter freestyle relay and the 200-meter medley relay, respectively.

The freshman’s highest individual finish came in the 100-meter backstroke, just missing the top-16 finish needed to reach the final by taking 19th in the preliminaries (49.87). He also qualified 44th out of 56 in the 50-meter freestyle (21.10).