Top Moments from 2017-18: Men's Swimming

Top Moments from 2017-18: Men's Swimming

During the summer months, we want to take a look back at some of the outstanding accomplishments and special moments from the 2017-18 athletic seasons and revisit those events that each of our 25 teams celebrated this year.

We hope you enjoy looking back at the great accomplishments by our cadet-athletes and teams. We will go in alphabetical order today we highlight men's swimming. Next up on Monday, will be women's swimming.

Freshman Eric Fuhs earned All-America honors with an eighth place finish in the 200 breaststroke to cap a sensational rookie season. He was the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year as he won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events at the conference championship. He also set school records in both the 200 breaststroke (2:00.88) and the 200 IM (1:51.42).

Coast Guard sent six swimmers to the NCAA Division III Championship and all had success. Fuhs earned All-America honors while junior Taylor Rowe earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 1,650 freestyle for the third straight season. Sophomore Joe Rodriguez earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 50 freestyle while the 200 medley relay team of junior Patrick Jackson, junior Chasse Sodemann, senior Ross Garrett and Rodriguez also took home honorable mention All-America honors for the Bears.

Head coach John Westkott was named the NEWMAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for the third straight season after leading the Bears to a second place finish at conference Championship in back-to-back seasons. Westkott earned the honor for the third straight season and the eighth time in his career as the Bears, who finished third at the NEWMAC Championship four straight times (2013-2016), placed second to 10-time defending champion MIT for the second straight season. He has led the Bears to six conference championships (1999, 2001, 2004 and 2006-2008). The team has also finished second nine times at the NEWMAC Championship meet. So all totaled in 19 NEWMAC Championships, Westkott has led the Bears to six championships, nine second place finishes and third place four times. The men's team has a phenomenal dual meet record of 144-42 for a winning percentage of .774 under Westkott during his 19 years. This season Coast Guard finished 7-2 in dual meets.

Top L-R: Eric Fuhs, Ross Garrett & Patrick Jackson

Bottom L-R: Joe Rodriguez, Taylor Rowe & Chasse Sodemann 


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