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Men's Swimming Falls Short In Revenge Attempt Against Vikings

Men's Swimming Falls Short In Revenge Attempt Against Vikings

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Despite three first-place finishes, the men's swimming and diving team fell to Cleveland State in its home-opening meet Saturday afternoon, 136-105.

The Bonnies were looking to bounce back from last season's 153-82 defeat at the hands of the Vikings, and they got the afternoon off to a good start with a first-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Peter Koenig, Kevin Murphy, Dawid Kundzik and James Martin touched in 3:28.19, just a fraction of a second sooner than Cleveland State's four-man team.

Coming off a three-win meet last weekend, sophomore Ethan Rowan continued his freestyle dominance against the Vikings. He claimed the 200-yard title, touching in 1:43.47, finished second in the 1,000-yard with a time of 9:48.61 and duplicated that finish later on in the 500-yard with a 4:42.57 time.

In the aforementioned 200-yard free event, Rowan was just the leader of a clean sweep by the Bonnies, as Mike Dansa touched in 1:45.40 for second place, and Kevin Murphy finished in 1:45.98 for third place.

St. Bonaventure's third first-place finish was picked up by Yi Lui in the 200-yard IM. The Toronto, Ontario native finished nearly a second clear of the second-place competitor with a time of 1:57.53. Lui then followed that first-place finish up with a third-place showing in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:57.28.

Jake Green touched in 1:58.26 to give the Bonnies their highest finish – second place – in the 200-yard backstroke. Kundzik finished second with a time of 46.47 in the 100-yard freestyle, and teammate Chris Baker touched in 47.87 to claim third.

In diving action, freshman Mike Murphy finished second in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives, while freshman Dominic Butts-Ealy finished third in the 1-meter and 3-meter. Murphy finished with a score of 278.17, while Butts-Ealy finished with a 253.35 total.

The Bonnies will have a few weeks off before taking to the pool again at the Akron Invite, which will be held Dec. 3-5 in Akron, Ohio.