Men's Swimming and Diving Finishes Second at Akron Invite

Men's Swimming and Diving Finishes Second at Akron Invite

AKRON, Ohio - The St. Bonaventure men's swimming and diving team finished in second place on the final day of the Zippy Invite behind a strong performance in the 200 backstroke.

The Bonnies finished the weekend with 1,368.5 team points, behind only Oakland which had a total of 2,119.5 points to capture the overall win. Niagara (1,197 points), Clarion (1,165) and Bloomsburg (1,145) rounded out the field.

The Brown and White secured three of the top five spots in the 200 backstroke. Freshman Tjaard Krusch placed second with a time of 1:49.91 and senior Matt Taccard took third by finishing in a time of 1:51.59. Maciej Danilewski rounded out the top five by swimming a time of 1:52.79.

Ben Galinski got the day started for the Bonnies swimming in the 1650 freestyle, finishing in eighth place by ringing in a time of 17:00.83. Jordan Powers took 10th place in the 100 freestyle for St. Bona with a time of 47.13.

Freshmen Ethan Carr and Joseph Sepuca finished ninth and 11th respectively in the 200 breaststroke. Carr swam a time of 2:11.95, while Sepuca finished in 2:13.96.

Guido Balderrama and Edward Donovan had strong performances in the 200 butterfly. Balderrama would finish fourth, ringing in a time of 1:55.66 and Donovan took fifth with a time of 1:56.73.

Rounding out the meet in the 400 freestyle relay, the team of David Shakhnazarov, Krusch, Powers and Taccard finished third by swimming a time of 3:05.82. Robert Marshall, Logan Hellwig, Joseph Malafronte and Marcus Swartfager would finish in fifth place at 3:10.38.

The Bonnies are off until after the holidays when they welcome Binghamton to the Reilly Center Pool on Jan. 13.

Bonnies Results
1650 Freestyle
8. Ben Galinski 17:00.83

200 Backstroke
2. Tjaard Krusch 1:49.91
3. Matt Taccard 1:51.59
5. Maciej Danilewski 1:52.79
8. John Pietrucha 1:55.67
15. Seth Erdley 2:00.20
17. Jason Green 1:57.27
18. Aidan Wilson 2:00.96

100 Freestyle
10. Jordan Powers 47.13
13. David Shakhnazarov 47.31
17. Logan Hellwig 47.63
20. Joseph Malafronte 48.02
24. Marcus Swartfager 48.50

200 Breaststroke
9. Ethan Carr 2:11.95
11. Joseph Sepuca 2:13.96

200 Butterfly
4. Guido Balderrama 1:52.94
5. Edward Donovan 1:53.20

400 Freestyle Relay
3. David Shakhnazarov, Tjaard Krusch, Jordan Powers, Matt Taccard 3:05.82
5. Robert Marshall, Logan Hellwig, Joseph Malafronte, Marcus Swartfager 3:10.38

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