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Men’s Swimming & Diving Heads To Akron For Zippy Invite

Men’s Swimming & Diving Heads To Akron For Zippy Invite

AKRON, Ohio – After a week off to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, the St. Bonaventure men's swimming and diving team resumes competition this weekend at the weekend-long University of Akron Zippy Invitational, beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday.

The Bonnies are looking to improve on their third-place finish in the 9-team field from a year ago. 
Last season at the Zippy, James Martin and Michael Dansa took fifth and seventh in the '200-yard freestyle A' final, swimming times of 1:44.02 and 1:44.55, respectively. Dansa also picked up a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:09.75).
 
In the 1650-yard freestyle, Elias Homerin earned a fourth-place showing, swimming at time of 16:38.12. Homerin also earned a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:54.6. Yi Liu picked up a second-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly, swimming a 1:54.02.
 
The Bonnies are hoping to rebound after 178-120 loss at the hands of Michigan State on Nov. 18.
 
In that meet, Homerin dominated the long-distance events by picking up first-place finishes in both the 500-yard freestyle (4:43.59) and the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:43.40). In the 200-yard butterfly, he finished in second place with a time of 1:56.88.
 
Ripley Danner made a splash for the Bonnies by earning a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 52.86. He also earned a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (51.79), just out-touching teammate Liu (52.26) who finished in third place.
 
In diving, Mike Murphy continued to dominate the boards by picking up two more first-place finishes. In the 1-meter event he earned a combined score of 323.48, and in the 3-meter event he scored a 321.86.
 
After the Zippy Invite, the Bonnies will enjoy a week off and return home to take on Canisis at the Reilly Center Pool on Dec. 16. Diving will begin at 3 p.m. and swimming will start at 5 p.m.