February 23, 2008

Men take home silver, women finish sixth on final day of Atlantic 10 Championships

Feb. 23, 2008

Final Stats

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The St. Bonaventure men's swimming and diving team repeated their second place performance from a year ago, while the Bona women finished in sixth place at the conclusion of the four-day Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday evening at the Flickinger Center.

For the Bona women, senior Anneli Johnson posted the team's best finish on the evening, nabbing the second spot in the 200-yard breaststroke with a season top time of 2:18.23.

At the beginning of the meet, freshman Natalya Ghostlaw took fourth place in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 17.32.43.

In the 200-yard backstroke, freshman Kathryne Valentine touched in with a team season-best time of 2:04.88, putting her in seventh place.

For the men's team, freshman David Kundzik followed up his 100-yard butterfly victory on Friday with a second place finish in the 100-yard freestyle, swimming the team's best time in the event this season (45.64).

For the sixth year in a row, a St. Bonaventure swimmer secured first place in the 200-yard breaststroke. This year, sophomore Mariusz Michalik triumphed with a top season time of 2:03.37, winning the event for the second consecutive year. Senior Scott Jordan followed closely behind in second, finishing in 2:03.75.

The meet's final event featured senior Roman Margulis, freshman Kevin Murphy, junior Pat Henahan, and Kundzik capturing second place in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:03.16, missing the top spot by eleven hundredths of a second.

By the end of Saturday, the Massachusetts Minutemen had accomplished their seventh title in eight years (791.50). The Bona men ended the competition with 567.50 second-place points and Xavier finished in third with 426.50 points. The teams in places four through nine are as follows: Duquesne (402), Fordham (357), La Salle (332), Rhode Island (287.50), Saint Louis (257) and George Washington (174).

or the seventh year in a row, the women from Richmond (690.50) were victorious. Xavier snatched second place by 18 points (488) as Duquesne placed in the third spot (470). Places four through nine were occupied as follows: Massachusetts (420.50), Fordham (414), St. Bonaventure (308), La Salle (225), Rhode Island (215), Saint Louis (214) and George Washington (189).

Complete championship results can be found online at www.gobonnies.com and at www.atlantic10.org.