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Murphy Wins Gold, Bonnies Hang on to Second after Day Three

Murphy Wins Gold, Bonnies Hang on to Second after Day Three

BUFFALO, N.Y. – On Friday at the Flickinger Aquatic Center, the men's swimming and diving team ended the third day of competition at the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships in a heated battle with Xavier, but ended the day still in second-place with 386 points. Overall leader Massachusetts collected 505 points.

In the 400-yard IM, senior Yi Liu finished in 11th-place with a time of 4:03.91 and sophomore Mike Hartwell finished in 15th-place (4:11.50).

The Bonnies continued to grab points in the 100-yard butterfly with freshman Ripley Danner cruising to second-place (49.00). Sophomore Michael Burud finished in 11th-place, clocking in at 50.39 and Nathan Destree finished in 12th-place (50.46).

In the 200-yard freestyle, a battle between the Bonnies and UMass took center stage. In the end UMass's Chris Inglis took home the gold and the All-time record. (1:36.93) Bonnies Vataslav Lets (1:37.73) and James Martin (1:37.80) took home silver and bronze, respectively.

Burud added 12 more points to the Bonnies score by finishing in seventh-place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 57.15. Senior Ilya Nenashev grabbed 16th-place, touching the wall at 59.57.

Danner wasn't done collecting medals. He snatched bronze from senior Peter Koenig in the 100-yard backstroke by swimming a 50.26. Koenig finished right behind him with a time of 50.37.

In the 400-yard medley relay, the team of Lets, Burud, Koenig and Danner won silver with a time of 3:20.36.

In the 3-meter diving competition junior Mike Murphy beat out defending champion Jason Cook from UMass to win gold in the 3-meter dive, posting a score of 341.40. Dominic Butts-Ealy finished in eighth-place with a time of 264.90.

UMass continues to lead on the men's side with a total of 505 points, followed by the Bonnies, Xavier (371), La Salle (306), Fordham (279), St. Louis (266) and George Washington (252) round out the competition.

Saturday is the final day of competition with preliminaries scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. and finals at 6:30p.m.