CLEVELAND, Ohio – Junior Mike Murphy picked up two first-place finishes to help the St. Bonaventure men's swimming and diving team split a tri-meet, defeating Valparaiso 203-24 and falling to host Cleveland State. 144-99 Saturday afternoon.
In the 1-meter event, Murphy took first-place with a score of 294.15 and Dominic Butts-Ealy finished in third-place with a score of 268.95. Murphy also took first-place in the 3-meter event when he earned a combined score of 318.97 and Butts-Ealy finished in fourth-place (274.32).
Elias Homerin, coming off his A-10 Performer of the Week Award, continued his dominance in long distance events. He earned a first-place finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:41.99) and a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (4:43.25). Homerin also finished in second-place in the 200-yard butterfly, touching in with a time of 1:56.03.
Jimmy Martin earned a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, coming in with a time of 1:43.34 and in the 200-yard backstroke, Peter Koenig finished in second-place with a time of 1:57.61. Robert Rutkowski Jr. earned a second-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching the wall at 2:10.27.
In relay action, the 400-yard medley relay 'A' team consisting of Koenig, Martin, Nathan Destree and Michael Dansa finished in first-place with a time of 3:30.02 and the 'B' team of Rutkowski, Tim Mangis, Matthew Rochna and Francisco Nieves placed in third (3:38.21).
In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the 'A' team finished in second-place (3:14.28) and the 'B' team finished right behind them in third-place (3:17.12).
Next Friday the Bonnies will travel to Michigan St. to take on the Spartans.