After winning three individual races at the 2023 New England Small College Athletic Conference Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships in February, Justin Finkel ’25 became just the second Camel to be named NESCAC Swimmer of the Year.
Finkel led the men’s team to a fifth-place finish with wins in the 200 free, where he set a school record with a time of 1:37.26; the 500 free, where he set school and meet records with a time of 4:25.90; and the 200 fly, where he set school, meet and pool records with a time of 1:45.31. He also earned All-NESCAC honors as a member of the 800 free relay team, which finished third.
Continuing that impressive momentum, Finkel earned All-America honors and finished as the national runner-up in both the 500 free and the 200 fly at the 2023 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in March.
In the 500 free, he broke his own school record with a time of 4:21.47—shaving more than three seconds off his preliminary time. The second-place finish was the highest by a Conn men’s swimmer since Sam Gill in 2014. Finkel’s time also broke the oldest NESCAC record on the books, eclipsing the mark set by Alex Fraser from Amherst in 2009. In the 200 fly, he broke school and NESCAC records with his time of 1:44.32.
Finkel also earned All-America Honorable Mention with a ninth-place finish in the 200 free and for finishing 13th in the 800 free relay with teammates Tadeusz Trzewik-Quinn ’23, Mitchell Lockwood ’23 and Marc Stern ’23.