AKRON, Ohio – The St. Bonaventure University men's swimming team wrapped up competition Sunday afternoon at the Zippy Invitational hosted by Akron University, finishing fifth in the team standings. The event featured teams from Akron, Cornell, Oakland, Cincinnati, Bloomsburg, Clarion, and Malone.
Cornell claimed the team crown with 2,527.50 total points. Oakland (1,784), Cincinnati (1,317.50), and Bloomsburg (876) took second, third, and fourth, respectively.
In the opening event, sophomore Alec Thomas led teammates William Lowe, Nick Burdo, and David Shakhnazarov to a fifth-place finish in the 200-freestyle relay, posting a time of 1:23.58. Tjaard Krusch, Marcus Swartfager, Guido Balderrama, and Joseph Malafronte took ninth in the same event (1:24.89).
Collinson also posted a time of 4:02.31 in the 400-IM to earn a tenth-place finish.
The 800-freestyle relay brought a ninth and 10th-place finish for the Bonnies. Jake Ruffolo, Thomas, Shakhnazarov, and Swartfager grabbed ninth (6:56.43) while Lowe, Tomas Botero, Malafronte, and Griffin Witte finished 10th (7:05.41).
Balderrama finished 10th in the 200-butterfly, touching the pad in 1:53.34.
In the last event, the 400-freestyle relay, Ruffolo led teammates Burdo, Lowe, and Shakhnazarov to seventh place with a time of 3:04.70.
The Bonnies are off for the holidays with the diving team returning to action Friday, Jan. 10 at the UB Diving Invitational. Both teams are back Monday, Jan. 20 when they host Binghamton at the Reilly Center Pool.
5. Alec Thomas, William Lowe, Nick Burdo, David Shakhnazarov 1:23.58
9. Tjaard Krusch, Marcus Swartfager, Guido Balderrama, Joseph Malafronte 1:24.89
13. Griffin Witte, Nicholas Nakaya, Elias Petri, Nicholas Torre 1:28.72
14. David Shakhnazarov 21.02
9. Maciej Danilewski, Hylton Collinson, Guido Balderrama, David Shakhnazarov 1:32.04
13. Tjaard Krusch, Jason Green, Joseph Malafronte, William Lowe 1:35.10
15. Griffin Witte, Joseph Sepuca, Elias Petri, Nicholas Torre 1:37.55
13. Hylton Collinson 56.82
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