BUFFALO, N.Y. –The men's swimming and diving team captured its fifth straight silver medal at the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at the Flickinger Center, earning 621 points.
In the 200-yard backstroke junior Peter Koenig improved over his 14th-place finish last year, placing sixth with a time of 1:51.07. Freshman Stephen Melchiorre (1:52.66), sophomore David Erickson (1:52.70) and junior Jack McMahon (1:56.49) swam in the consolation finals taking 11th, 12th and 16th, consecutively.
In the 100-yard freestyle senior David Kundzik tied for fourth with George Washington's Alex Etz, notching a time of 45.76. In the consolation finals, seniors Jared Robinson (45.98) and Chris Baker (46.13) took 9th and 10th while freshman James Martin (46.27) earned 11th.
Senior Kevin Murphy came up big for the Bonnies, winning the gold medal in the 200-yard breaststroke, clocking a time of 2:02.93 and improving over his previous sixth-place finish. Junior Ilya Nenashev took first in the consolation finals, good for ninth overall, swimming a time of 2:06.85. Classmate Mike Dansa (2:07.05) took 11th while freshman Rob Rutkowski (2:10.29) earned 15th.
In the 200-yard butterfly sophomore Elias Homerin picked up a sixth-place finish, touching in at 1:53.20 while junior Yi Liu took fifth in the consolation finals with a time of 1:56.34.
On the men's three-meter boards, sophomore Mike Murphy earned fifth place with 282.80 points while senior Trevor Herzog grabbed sixth with 273.35 points. Sophomore Dominic Butts-Ealy placed 11th overall with a score of 232.15.
In the final event of the evening, the 400-yard freestyle relay, Bona's team of Baker, Murphy, Kundzik and Robinson took fourth with a combined time of 3:02.73.
UMass finished the meet in first place with 764.5 points while the Explorer's men's team placed third earning 452 points. Rounding out the scoring were George Washington (423.5), Xavier (418), Fordham (387) and St. Louis (279).