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Men's Swimming Defeats the Griffins

Men's Swimming Defeats the Griffins

Buffalo, N.Y.  –The men's swimming and diving team defeated Little Three rival Canisius this afternoon, 171-72.  The Bonnies dominated the pool, breaking five pool records at the Koessler Athletic Center.

In diving action sophomore Mike Murphy took first place in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives.  Murphy scored 282.90 and 294.60, respectively, breaking the pool record in the 3-meter event. 
Freshman Dominic Butts-Ealy placed second in both diving events, earning 257.70 and 281.40 points, consecutively.

Sophomore Ethan Rowan added to his successful career, taking first place and breaking the pool record in the 500-yard freestyle event.  Rowan clocked a time of 4:45.66.  He also took first in the 1000-yard freestyle, touching in at 9:47.45, seven seconds ahead of second-place finisher Shawn Parkhurst of Canisius (9:54.67).        

Junior Yi Liu also had a record-setting day.  Liu broke the record for the 200-yard freestyle while participating in the 800-yard freestyle relay.  Liu's lead-off time of 1:45.45 broke the time of teammate, junior Mike Dansa.  Dansa broke the existing record earlier in the night with a 1:45.74, taking first in the 200-yard freestyle event. 

Freshmen Stephen Melchiorre and Mike Hartwell, took second (1:47.06) and third (1:49.47) in the 200-yard freestyle for the Brown and White sweep in the event.      

The 800-yard free relay team of Liu, Dansa, Rowan and freshman James Martin set a third record for the night with a combined time of 7:09.12.

In a close race, the 200-yard medley relay team of seniors Kevin Murphy, Chris Baker and Jared Robinson and junior Peter Koenig set the fifth Bonnies record of the afternoon.  Clocking a combined time of 1:36.41 the team beat out the Griff's 200-yard medley relay team (1:37.84) by less than two seconds.

In individual events, Liu grabbed another win, swimming a 1:59.65 in the 200-yard IM.  Freshman Mike Burud placed second with a time of 2:01.79.

Clocking times of 48.11 and 49.58, Robinson and teammate, junior Francisco Nieves, picked up first and second in the 100-yard freestyle events.  Robinson also took first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.05.  Sophomore Nathan Destree was right behind him, taking second (22.83).   

Baker rounded out the night, grabbing yet another first-place finish for the Brown and White in the 100-yard butterfly event.  Baker swam a time of 52.73.

The Bonnies will return to the pool Jan. 21 to take on Binghamton at the Reilly Center.  The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.