ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University men's swimming and diving team will wrap up its 2016-17 dual meet season this weekend, first traveling to Buffalo on Friday before returning home to face Niagara on Saturday for Senior Day.
The Bonnies last meet was against Cornell, earning wins in seven events but taking the loss, 168.5-124.5, at the Reilly Center Pool.
Michael White led the way for the Bonnies, picking up wins in both the 200-butterfly (1:54.30) and the 200-breaststroke (2:07.53). Other wins included Matt Goettler in the 100-breaststroke (57.97), Matt Taccard in the 200-backstroke (1:57.06) and wins in the 200-medley (1:34.35) and 200-freestyle (1:26.37) relays. Ryan McLaughlin also won the 1-meter diving event (252.68).
Buffalo last swam against Miami (Ohio), winning 177-119 on the road. The Bulls saw winning performances in every swimming event except the 100-freestyle and 400-freestyle relay. Hudson Carroll, Itai De La Vega, Mason Miller and Garrett Clarke highlighted the performance by opening the meet with a 200-medley relay win (1:31.04), finishing with the 10th fastest time in school history for the event.
Niagara hit the pool last at home against Canisius, who they beat 177.5-122.5 on senior day. Senior Shawn Warner picked up wins in the 200-butterfly (1:53.68) and 100-butterfly (51.22). The team also saw a top-three finish in the 200-IM, with Nicolas Winograd (1:58.01) in first, Warner (1:58.38) in second and Andreas Rintel (1:58.77) in third.
Friday's meet against Buffalo is set for a 4 p.m. start time, while Saturday's action vs. Niagara will start at 1 p.m. at the RC Pool.
The Bonnies will honor the program's eight seniors prior to the start of Saturday's meet.
Since Bryant joined the St. Bonaventure swim program as a manager, he has become an irreplaceable contributor during his time with the program. He has worn more hats of responsibility within the program than anyone before. Both the program and the athletics department thank him for his countless hours devoted to the betterment of St. Bonaventure swimming and diving.
As a freshman, Goettler helped the Bonnies to the program's second-straight Atlantic 10 Championship by earning fifth-place finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. The following year as a sophomore, the Butler, Pa. native played a vital role in St. Bonaventure finishing second at A-10s. Goettler captured the 100-breaststroke individual championship with time of 54.85 seconds, which is the fastest any Bonnie has ever swam and won the event at the championships. His junior year, Goettler earned career-best times in the 200-breaststroke at 2:00.46 and in the 200-IM at 1:52.14 while helping the Bonnies earn their second straight second-place finish at the A-10 championships. A sport studies major, he's made appearances on both the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and the University Dean's List.
A native of Alexandria, Va., Grant swam his career fastest in the 50 and 100 freestyle and 100-breaststroke in the 2014 Atlantic 10 championships. He also swam the IM as well as medley and freestyle relay teams for the Bonnies. A computer science major, he's been named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and two appearances on the University Dean's List.
The Williamsville, N.Y. native joined St. Bonaventure as a long-distance freestyle swimmer. In the 2016 Atlantic 10 Championships, he swam on the third-place finishing 800-freestyle relay team, while also setting career-bests in the 200, 500 and 1650-freestyle events. A finance major, he's made two appearances on the University Dean's List.
The Buffalo, N.Y. native swam predominately breaststroke, freestyle and butterfly events as a Bonnie. The accounting major earned career-best times in the 2016 Atlantic 10 Championships in the 100-breaststroke and 100-butterfly.
The Louisville, Ky. native made an immediate impact for St. Bonaventure in breaststroke events, finishing first in the 100-breast in the consolation finals and sixth in the 200-breast consolation finals in the Atlantic 10 Championships his freshman year. The following year at A-10s, he earned a second-place finish in the 100-breaststroke at 54.93, the second-fastest a Bonnie has ever finished in the event at A-10s. Last season, Schilling and his teammates set a championship meet record in the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:28.35. A management major, he has earned a spot on both the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and University Dean's List six times.
The Fombell, Pa. native made an immediate impact, scoring in the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championships in the 1650-Freestyle at a career-best 16:17.01 as a freshman to help the Bonnies to the program's second straight A-10 championship. As a junior, he helped St. Bonaventure to a second-place finish in the A-10 championship by playing a part on the third-place finishing 800-freestyle relay team that finished at 6:38.05. A finance major, he's made two appearances on the University Dean's List.
As a Bonnie, the Gilbert, Ariz. native swam in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and fly events, but has had most success in the individual medley competition. As a freshman, he helped St. Bonaventure earn its second-straight Atlantic 10 championship with fourth-place finishes in both the 200 and 400 IM. The following year at A-10s, he finished first in the 200-IM at 1:48.15. This season, as a senior, he earned Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week the week of Nov. 15 predominately for his finishing time of 1:49.20 at Akron, which still stands as the fastest anyone in the A-10 has swam the event this year. A marketing major, he has earned a spot on both the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and the University Dean's List three times.
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