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Homerin Leads the Way for the Bonnies

Homerin Leads the Way for the Bonnies

BUFFALO, NY – Junior Elias Homerin picked up two first-place finishes for the St. Bonaventure men's swimming and diving team as they opened the 2011-12 season at the WNY Invitational Saturday afternoon in Buffalo, NY.

Homerin made a splash early on in the long distance events when he placed first in the 500-yard freestyle (4:45.12), finishing almost five seconds ahead of University of Buffalo's Eric Culver (4:50.34). He finished ahead of Culver again in the 1,000-yard freestyle when he touched the wall with a time of 9:49.15. In the 200-yard butterfly, Homerin finished in second-place with the time of 1:56.60.
 
Sophomore James Martin also had a big day for the Brown and White. In the 200-yard freestyle he finished in second-place with a time of 1:43.45. He then sprinted to two third-place finishes in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events where he finished with time of 21.26 and 46.74, respectively.
 
Freshman Ripley Danner began his collegiate career with a second-place finish in the 200-yard IM, touching in at 1:57.68, and sophomore Stephen Melchiorre placed third in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:20.07.
 
Seniors Peter Koenig and Michael Dansa also helped the Bonnies. Koenig finished in third-place in the 100-yard backstroke (52.97) and Dansa placed third in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:12.43).
 
In relay action, the 200-yard medley relay team of Martin, Koenig, David Paccapaniccia and Robert Rutkowski finished in third-place with a time of 1:36.43. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Paccapaniccia, Martin, Dansa and Mike Burud also placed third with a time of 1:27.18.

In the diving events that took place earlier in the morning, junior Mike Murphy placed fifth in the 1-meter event and sixth in the 3-meter dive with scores of 269.50 and 272.35, respectively. Junior Dominic Butts-Ealy finished in eighth-place in the 1-meter with a score of 244.90 and fourth-place in 3-meter where he had a combined score of 289.85.

The Bonnies will take a week off and then return to the pool Saturday, October 22 when they open the home portion of the season at the Reilly Center Pool against the University of Pittsburgh. Diving begins at 10 a.m. and the swimming events begin at noon.