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Finkel Makes National News In The Pool

By Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

Justin Finkel has has enjoyed a record-setting swim career at Connecticut College. Photo courtesy of Sean Elliot.
Justin Finkel. Photo courtesy of Sean Elliot.

Justin Finkel has has enjoyed a record-setting swim career at Connecticut College.

A 2021 Cheshire High School graduate, Connecticut College swimmer Justin Finkel ended his junior season with another record-setting performance in the NCAA Division III National Championship at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina.

In the meet held from March 20-23, Finkel earned All-American honors in all of his three races, including victories in the 200-yard butterfly (1:43.21) and 500-yard freestyle (4:21.32). In dropping over three seconds from his prelims time in the butterfly, Finkel set a national mark on the D-III level.

Like in the butterfly, he lowered his school and New England Small College Athletic Conference records in the 500-yard freestyle.

Finkel also placed fourth nationally in the 200-yard freestyle (1:37.29). He accounted for all of his team’s 55 points in the meet.

Finkel made history as the first Connecticut College swimmer to hold a D-III record, qualify for three national races, and win multiple crowns in the same meet.

Additionally, he represents the first Camel to be selected as the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Male D-III Swimmer of the Year. The NESCAC hadn’t received that honor since 2010.

Finkel also shined in the NESCAC Championship held Feb. 22-25. At Colby College in Maine, he defended his titles in the 200- (1:35.69) and 500-yard (4:24.66) freestyles, along with the 200-yard butterfly (1:44.62).

His butterfly and 500-yard freestyle times set the meet and pool records. He also helped the 800-yard freestyle relay team take fourth place (6:49.83).

The performances enabled Finkel to become the first Camel to repeat as NESCAC Swimmer of the Year.

At CHS, Finkel was a four-year varsity letterwinner and co-captained the Rams in his senior season.


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