ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – With the dual meet portion of the schedule complete, the St. Bonaventure men's swimming and diving team now sets it sights on Atlantic 10 Championships Feb. 14-17 at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
The 2017-18 season for head coach Sean McNamee's team saw changes in personnel and training. With the addition of Logan Arnold as an assistant coach and Stephanie Fleming as the diving coach, it marks the first time McNamee has worked with a full staff in his 26 years at the helm for St. Bonaventure.
"It's a process," McNamee said. "With our dynamics here, it's new. The dynamics at the beginning of the season were entirely changed with how we've executed things. We've balanced it pretty well throughout the season."
Seniors Ben Galinski, Matt Taccard and Jordan Powers have all come on strong in the second half of the season. Galinski has won the 500-freestyle in two of the last three meets while Taccard won the 50 and 100-freestyle against Niagara and Binghamton. Powers has finished first in the 100-freestyle twice, the 50-freestyle and the 100-breaststroke against Niagara, Binghamton and Cornell.
"Going into championships, we will be able to challenge fairly well for where we are at," McNamee said. "Will be challenging for a championship – no, but improvement is absolutely on the board as far as returners and newcomers."
Speaking of newcomers, freshmen Tjaard Krusch and Maciej Danilewski have provided a spark in the lineup for the Bonnies. Krusch has not finished lower than fifth place in any event he's competed in this season and was named Atlantic 10 Rookie Performer of the Week on Jan. 16. Danilewski has been the top performer in the 200-backstroke for the Brown and White, winning the event twice and finishing fifth or better three times.
"We should have a couple individuals that should be in contention for multiple event podium finishers," McNamee said. "That also includes some freshmen, which will be a great sign for the future. It's also a time where we want seniors to end on a good note. We really need to capitalize on our strengths. Our sprint frees, backstroke and the IM have been strong for us this season."
The Bonnies have finished third or better in 23 of the 25 previous A-10 Championships under McNamee. St. Bona has the won the Atlantic 10 Championship four out the last 11 years. SBU, however, finished seventh last season and will be looking to make an improvement from last year's mark.
"I like where we are at," McNamee said. "The tone of the team is solid. It's time to come together for three and a half days out in Ohio."
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