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Bonnies Return to the Pool with a Victory

Bonnies Return to the Pool with a Victory

BINGHAMTON, N.Y.- Vatslav Lets made a splash in his Bonnies debut and James Martin helped the St. Bonaventure men's swimming and diving team defeat Binghamton 166-133 Saturday afternoon.

Lets earned his first collegiate victory with a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.46). 

Martin picked up two first-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (21.71) and the 100-yard freestyle (46.98).

Elias Homerin continued to pick up victories in the long distance events. In the 1,000-yard freestyle, he finished in second-place with a time of 9:51.64. Teammate Mike Hartwell finished in third-place (9:57.53). In the 200-yard butterfly Homerin finished in first-place with a time of 1:56.31 and Yi Liu finished in third-place (1:56.71).

The Bonnies swept the top three spots in the 200-yard backstroke with Stephen Melchiorre finishing in first-place (1:56.68), Peter Koenig in second-place (1:56.83) and John McMahon in third-place (2:01.43).

Koenig also earned a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.08, while Matthew Rochna finished in third-place (55.59).

Mike Burud picked up a first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, touching the wall at 59.57.

In the 200-yard IM, Liu (2:00.28) and Melchiorre (2:01.44) finished in second-place and third-place, respectively.

In his return to the pool, Ilya Nenashev, earned a third-place finish in the 200-yard breastroke (2:16.53) and Tim Mangis finished in third-place in the 100-yard butterfly (53.39).

In relays, the 'B' team consisting of Koenig, Liu, Burud and David Paccapaniccia finished in first-place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:36.92. In the 400-yard freestyle relay the 'A' team of Burud, Lets, Martin and Nathan Destree finished in first-place, touching in at a time of 3:12.35.

In diving action, Mike Murphy earned a second-place finish in the 1-meter dive with a combined score of 273.45, while Dominic Butts-Ealy finished in third-place (253.35). In the 30meter event, Murphy finished in first-place (323.33), while Butts-Ealy finished in third-place (272.10).

The Bonnies travel to Niagara next Saturday to take on the Little Three Rival Purple Eagles. The meet will begin at 1:00 p.m.