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Bona men hold tight to second place at A-10 Championships

Bona men hold tight to second place at A-10 Championships

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The men's swimming and diving team remains in second place despite a disqualification in the 400-yard Medley Relay as the third day of the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships concluded Friday at the Flickinger Athletic Center.    

In the 400-yard IM, freshman Stephen Melchiorre swam a 4:07.05, good for seventh place overall.  Junior Yi Liu placed 14th in the same event swimming a 4:09.55 in the consolation finals.

Senior David Kundzik added twenty points to the Bonnies score, earning gold in the 100-yard butterfly, touching in at 49.49.  Classmate Chris Baker earned an eighth place finish with a time of 50.51.

Freshman James Martin, junior Mike Dansa and sophomore Ethan Rowan helped the team hold on to its second-place birth by giving a consolidated effort in the 200-yard freestyle finals.  Martin picked up a bronze medal, touching in at 1:40.55 while Dansa and Rowan took fourth and fifth with times of 1:41.42 and 1:41.90, consecutively.

Senior Kevin Murphy nabbed a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, clocking in at 57.06.  Freshman Rob Rutkowski(57.97) and Mike Burud(58.24) and junior Ilya Nenashev(59.55) took ninth, 11th and 15th, respectively. 

In the 100-yard backstroke junior Peter Koenig took home a silver medal with a time of 50.09, improving over his 14th-place finish from last year.

Massachusetts continues to lead on the men's side with a total of 491.5 points, followed by the Bonnies (396.5), LaSalle (321), George Washington (281), Fordham (265), Xavier (264) and St. Louis (183).

Saturday is the final day of competition with preliminaries scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. and finals at 6:30p.m.