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Men's Swimming and Diving Collects Three More Medals To Finish Third At A-10 Championships

Men's Swimming and Diving Collects Three More Medals To Finish Third At A-10 Championships

GENEVA, Ohio – Two more program records fell on the final day of the 2020 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships thanks to Hylton Collinson and George Kalletta as the St. Bonaventure University men's swimming and diving team finished in third place in the team standings.

Saturday marked the 25th time in 28 years that the Bonnies have finished in third place or higher at A-10 Championships. The Bonnies finished the A-10 Championships with 498 points. George Mason was crowned Atlantic 10 Champions with 657 points, narrowly defeating George Washington who finished second with 637.5 points.

The Bonnies won a silver and two bronze medals Saturday evening, bringing their medal count for the A-10 Championships to 10. On the week, the Bonnies won three gold, four silver and three bronze medals.

The first St. Bonaventure record to fall Saturday was Hylton Collinson who broke his own record in the 200-breaststroke with a time of 1:58.31, tying for second and earning a silver medal. Collinson broke his own record of 1:59.06 he set at last year's championship meet. He caps off an impressive two-year career for the Bonnies winning five medals, including one gold, two silvers and two bronzes.

George Kalletta closed out his breakout Atlantic 10 Championships by swimming a 1:47.31 in the 200-butterfly and winning the bronze medal, breaking Michael White's record of 1:47.89 set in 2017. The sophomore won a total of three medals at this year's championships, taking home gold in the 400-IM, a silver in the 200-IM and bronze in the 200-butterfly. Kalletta also broke the program record in the 400-IM Friday.

Junior Tjaard Krusch capped off another impressive Atlantic 10 meet by winning a bronze medal in the 200-backstroke, clocking in at 1:45.49 and bringing his 2020 medal count to four. Krusch set a new Atlantic 10 Conference Championship and St. Bonaventure record in the 200-IM Thursday.

Also swimming in the 200-backstroke finals was Maciej Danilewski who finished in seventh, ringing in at 1:47.04.

Freshman Austin Campbell posted a total score of 299.50 in the 3-meter diving finals, finishing in fourth place. Also in the 3-meter diving final, Matthew Bielobradek placed eighth with a final score of 290.05.

Freshman Tomas Botero earned an eighth place finish in the 1650-freestyle, swimming a time of 15:50.05.

To close out the 2020 Atlantic 10 Championships, the 400-freestyle relay team of William Lowe, David Shakhnazarov, Alec Thomas and Nick Burdo placed fifth with a time of 3:01.28.

1. George Mason 657
2. George Washington 637.5
3. St. Bonaventure 498
4. La Salle 438.5
5. Davidson 415
6. UMass 345.5
7. Saint Louis 267
8. Fordham 224.5

3. Tjaard Krusch – 1:45.49
7. Maciej Danilewski – 1:47.04
16. Alec Thomas – 1:49.80 (Consolation Final)

13. Nick Burdo – 45.49 (Consolation Final)
15. William Lowe – 45.62 (Consolation Final)
16. David Shakhnazarov – 45.88 (Consolation Final)

T-2. Hylton Collinson – 1:58.31 – St. Bonaventure Program Record (NCAA "B" Cut)

3. George Kalletta – 1:47.31 – St. Bonaventure Program Record
11. Guido Balderrama – 1:49.36 (Consolation Final)

8. Tomas Botero – 15:50.05
12. Joshua Bannon – 15:56.69
23. Elias Petri – 16:15.19

3-meter diving
4. Austin Campbell – 299.50
8. Matthew Bielobradek – 290.05
14. Michael Bruno – 213.60 (Consolation Final)

400-freestyle relay
5. William Lowe, David Shakhnazarov, Alec Thomas, Nick Burdo – 3:01.28

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