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Men’s Swimmers Earn Four Medals Including Two Title Wins in Day Three of A-10 Championships

Men’s Swimmers Earn Four Medals Including Two Title Wins in Day Three of A-10 Championships

GENEVA, Ohio – It was a night of medals for the St. Bonaventure University men's swimming team Friday at the 2020 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships inside the SPIRE Institute.

It was another historic night in the pool for the Bonnies as they brought home two gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal.

The Bonnies remain in third place after three days of competition with 350.5 points. George Mason stands at the top of the leaderboard with 426 points while George Washington is second with 391 points.

Sophomore George Kalletta got the night started with a gold medal in the 400-IM, clocking in at 3:49.04, just one night after taking the silver in the 200-IM. Kalletta's mark shattered the St. Bonaventure program record of 3:53.54 set by Michael White in 2016. His time was also an NCAA "B" cut.

Standing next to Kalletta on the podium was teammate Hylton Collinson who earned his first medal of this year's championships after nabbing a pair of medals last season. Collinson finished third in the 400-IM, winning the bronze medal with a time of 3:53.64. Josh Bannon finished in 14th place, turning in a time of 4:02.14.

The team of Tjaard Krusch, Guido Balderrama, Nick Burdo and Collinson earned the team's second gold medal of the night in the 400-medley relay, ringing in with a time of 3:14.54. The Bonnies won the event after George Mason was disqualified.

After setting the Atlantic 10 and St. Bonaventure record in the 200-IM the night before, Krusch brought home the silver medal in the 100-backstroke Friday evening. He finished with a time of 47.79 to win his fifth medal overall for his career.

Maciej Danilewski also qualified for the finals of the 100-backstroke, finishing in seventh place with a time of 49.61.

In the 100-butterfly, seniors Balderrama and David Shakhnazarov finished fourth and sixth, respectively. Balderrama finished with a time of 48.58 while Shakhnazarov rang in at 49.06.

A trio of Bonnies swimmers advanced to the consolation finals in the 200-freestyle. Alec Thomas placed 11th with a time of 1:39.69 while Marcus Swartfager clocked in at 1:40.47. Burdo rounded out the scoring for the Bonnies with a 14th place finish in 1:40.79.

The Bonnies resume action for the fourth and final day of competition Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.

1. George Mason 426
2. George Washington 391
3. St. Bonaventure 350.5
4. La Salle 292.5
5. Davidson 268
6. UMass 220.5
7. Saint Louis 203
8. Fordham 165.5

1. George Kalletta – 3:49.04 – St. Bonaventure Program Record (NCAA "B" cut)
3. Hylton Collinson – 3:53.64
14. Joshua Bannon – 4:02.14 (Consolation Final)

4. Guido Balderrama – 48.58
6. David Shakhnazarov – 49.06

11. Alec Thomas – 1:39.69 (Consolation Final)
13. Marcus Swartfager – 1:40.47 (Consolation Final)
14. Nick Burdo – 1:40.79 (Consolation Final)

2. Tjaard Krusch – 47.79
7. Maciej Danilewski – 49.61

400-Medley Relay
1. Tjaard Krusch, Hylton Collinson, Guido Balderrama, Nick Burdo – 3:14.54