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Krusch, Collinson Medal As Bonnies Move Into Third At A-10 Championships

Krusch, Collinson Medal As Bonnies Move Into Third At A-10 Championships

GENEVA, Ohio – Sophomore Tjaard Krusch earned a silver medal and junior Hylton Collinson grabbed a bronze to lead the St. Bonaventure University men's swimming and diving team on Friday at the third day of the 2019 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships at the SPIRE Institute.

The Bonnies pushed back into third after day three with 307 points. George Washington remains in first with 529 points while George Mason is second with 444 points.

Krusch's success from Thursday carried over into Friday evening.

The sophomore qualified as the top seed in the 100-backstroke in the morning session. In the final, Krusch turned in a NCAA "B" cut time of 47.61, capturing second. Maciej Danilewski also scored for the Bonnies, finishing in seventh with a time of 48.86.

Earlier in the evening, junior Hylton Collinson earned a bronze medal in the 400-IM with a 3:52.98, just a second higher than the NCAA "B" cut time.

Freshman Chauncey Nicholas qualified for the finals in the 100-butterfly Friday morning. In the finals, Nicholas swam a 48.86, finishing in fifth-place. Guido Balderrama's time of 49.27 placed him 10th and Edward Donovan touched the wall in 49.76 for 16th.

The Bonnies also found success in the 200-freestyle, scoring three times. Nick Burdo finished in eighth-place with a time of 1:41.23 to pace the Brown and White while Jake Ruffolo grabbed 13th in 1:40.29 and Marcus Swartfager clocked in at 1:40.95 for 14th.

Michael Bruno and Matthew Bielobradek turned in strong performances on the 3-meter diving board as well.

Bruno captured fourth, registering a total score of 307.95. Bielobradek finished right behind him in fifth, tallying a score of 280.30. In the consolation final, Johnathan Ek finished in 13th with 244.20 points.

In the 400-medley relay to close out the night, the team of Krusch, Collinson, Nicholas and Burdo grabbed fourth-place, ringing in at 3:17.56.

The 2019 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships conclude Saturday when action starts at 10:00 a.m.

3. Hylton Collinson 3:52.98 (B – 3:51.46)
10. George Kalletta 3:56.42 (consolation final)

5. Chauncey Nicholas 48.86
10. Guido Balderrama 49.27 (consolation final)
16. Edward Donovan 49.76 (consolation final)

8. Nick Burdo 1:41.23
13. Jake Ruffolo 1:40.29 (consolation final)
14. Marcus Swartfager 1:40.95 (consolation final)

9. Hylton Collinson 55.98 (consolation final)

2. Tjaard Krusch 47.61 – NCAA "B" Cut
7. Maciej Danilewski 48.86

3-Meter Diving
4. Michael Bruno 307.95
5. Matthew Bielobradek 280.30
13. Johnathan Ek 244.20 (consolation final)

400-Medley Relay
4. Tjaard Krusch, Hylton Collinson, Chauncey Nicholas, Nick Burdo 3:17.56

Team Standings
1. George Washington 529
2. George Mason 444
3. St. Bonaventure 307
4. La Salle 280
5. Davidson 266
6. UMass 252
7. Saint Louis 246
8. Fordham 148

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