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Bonnies Win Silver at A-10 Championships

Bonnies Win Silver at A-10 Championships

BUFFALO, N.Y. –The men's swimming and diving team captured its sixth straight silver medal at the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at the Flickinger Center, earning 567 points.

Junior Elias Homerin kicked off the night by capturing fifth-place in the men's 1,650-yard freestyle, posting a time of 15:55.31. Sophomore Mike Hartwell finished in seventh-place, touching in at 15:59.66

The Bonnies accumulated a total of 42 points in the men's 200-yard backstroke. Freshman Vatslav Lets grabbed another medal by winning bronze with a time 1:46.97 and senior Peter Koenig finished in sixth-place (1:50.33). Freshman TJ Mangis finished in 11th-place (1:52.27), junior David Erickson finished in 12th-place (1:52.49) and sophomore Stephen Melchiorre finished in 14th-place (1:53.07).

In the 100-yard freestyle sophomore James Martin racked up 20 points for the Bonnies by sprinting to gold with a time of 44.82.

Sophomore Michael Burud finished in sixth-place in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching the wall with a time of 2:03.51. Seniors Ilya Nenashev and Michael Dansa also helped the Bonnies by finished in 12th-place (2:07.01) and 13th-place (2:07.08), respectively.

In the 200-yard butterfly senior Yi Liu earned a bronze medal in his final race of his career, posting a time of 1:50.31. Homerine finished in 6th-place with a time of 1:53.35 and Matthew Rochna finished in 10th-place (1:52.24).

In the final event of the evening, the 400-yard freestyle relay, Bona's team of Lets, Martin, Nathan Destree and Ripley Danner won silver with a time of 3:01.09

The most exciting part of the night came with the individual award. Lets took home Rookie of the Year honors. Junior Mike Murphy won men's Diver of the Year, and coach Stephanie O'Callaghan won men's Diving Coach of the Year.

UMass finished the meet in first place with 693 points, winning their sixth straight A-10 Championship while Xavier placed third earning 522 points.  Rounding out the scoring were LaSalle (417), Fordham (412), George Washington (401) and St. Louis (342).