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Collinson Earns Silver, Bonnies Finish Third At A-10 Championships

Collinson Earns Silver, Bonnies Finish Third At A-10 Championships

GENEVA, Ohio – Sophomore Hylton Collinson's silver medal in the 200-breaststroke paced the St. Bonaventure University men's swimming and diving team Saturday at the 2019 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships.

The Bonnies finished in third place with 429 team points. George Washington repeated as champions with 782 total points while George Mason placed second with 613 points. This year's third-place finish marks the 24th time the Bonnies have finished in the top-three in the last 27 years.

Collinson earned the best qualifying time in the 200-breaststroke and was the only swimmer to post a time under two minutes in the preliminaries. In the finals, he clocked in at 1:59.06 to claim second place. Jason Green made the consolation final of the 200-breaststroke, finishing in 16th place.

Tjaard Krusch closed out his A-10 meet with a fourth-place finish in the 200-backstroke. His time of 1:46.63 was narrowly ahead of teammate Maciej Danilewski, finishing in fifth with a time of 1:46.79. John Pietrucha earned a spot in the consolation final, ringing in at 1:49.41 in 12th place.

Junior Nick Burdo grabbed a sixth-place finish in the 100-freestyle, turning in a time of 45.03. David Shakhnazarov and Marcus Swartfager placed 14th and 16th, respectively.

In the 200-butterfly, Edward Donovan swam a 1:49.54 to earn seventh-place. Guido Balderrama qualified for the consolation final, placing 15th.

The team of Shakhnazarov, Swartfager, Burdo and Jake Ruffolo combined for a time of 3:02.36 in the 400-freestyle relay, finishing in sixth.

The Bonnies season concludes with a win at the Justin Jennings Memorial Invite on Oct. 6 and a record of 2-5 in dual meets. 

4. Tjaard Krusch 1:46.63
5. Maciej Danilewski 1:46.79
12. John Pietrucha (consolation final) 1:49.41

6. Nick Burdo 45.03
14. David Shakhnazarov 45.93 (consolation final)
16. Marcus Swartfager 46.11 (consolation final)

2. Hylton Collinson 1:59.06
16. Jason Green 2:05.42 (consolation final)

7. Edward Donovan 1:49.54
15. Guido Balderrama 1:50.87 (consolation final)

400-Freestyle Relay
6. David Shakhnazarov, Marcus Swartfager, Jake Ruffolo, Nick Burdo 3:02.36

Final Standings
1. George Washington 782
2. George Mason 613
3. St. Bonaventure 429
4. Davidson 398
5. La Salle 373
6. UMass 346
7. Saint Louis 344
8. Fordham 198

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