Men’s Swimming and Diving Sweeps Tri-Meet With Nine Victories

Bethany Blass, Staff Writer

The men’s swimming and diving team defeated Boston University and George Washington at home on Oct. 18 in its first scored event of the year. The Bison defeated the Terriers 159.5-139.5 and the Colonials 249-37.

The big day started with Louis Behnen ’17, who finished with three victories in the 1,000 free, 500 free, and 200 IM. Erik Heinemann ’15 took first place in the 200 free and 100 fly. Ben Seketa ’15 secured first place for both the 100 and 200 breast.

A notably strong performance came from Behnen, as he led a 1-2-3-4 sweep in the 500 free. Behnen and Brian Phillips ’16 collected the top two spots in the 1,000 free as well. Along with his victories, Heinemann was also the runner-up in the 100 free. Seketa’s win in the 100 breast came from a narrow lead of only .01.

“The highlight of the meet was watching my fellow captain, Ben Seketa, touch out a swimmer from Boston by .01 in the 100 breast,” Heinemann said. “This got me and a lot of my teammates very fired up because it showed that we had the ability to win every race in the meet as long as we believed in ourselves.”

Additional success came from Steve Grune ’16, who recorded a win in the 50 free, and Tyler Wenzel ’16, who came out victorious in one-meter diving.

“I thought the highlight of the meet personally was winning one-meter. I had one of my best college meets and was able to just beat the Boston University divers,” Wenzel said. “In future meets I hope to be as consistent with my dives as possible, competing each dive to the best of my ability.”

Chris Devlin ’18 took second place in both the 100 and 200 back. He also contributed to the second-place finishes in the 200-medley relay and 400-free relay. Triston Loux ’18 was also a top finisher in the 200 fly. The Orange and Blue tallied nine victories in the meet, which bumped the team’s record up to 2-0 on the early season.

“We won most of the touch outs and that certainly played a key role in our win against Boston. I was also very pleased with the energy and focus we competed with throughout the meet,” head coach Dan Schinnerer said. “We hope to continue to sharpen our speed and technical details in our races as we move into November.”

The Bison will travel for the first time on Oct. 25 when they leave for Pittsburgh for a non-league meet.

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