Men’s swimming and diving team defeats Lehigh, falls to Columbia

Bethany Blass, Staff Writer

Louis Behnen ’17, Ben Seketa ’15, and Tyler Wenzel ’16, won two events each for the Bison on Jan. 24 at Kinney Natatorium to beat Lehigh 174-119. Chris Devlin ’18, Behnen and Seketa recorded victories against Columbia on Jan. 25, despite falling to the Lions 159-83. The Orange and Blue brought their overall record to 7-4 and 5-2 in the Patriot League. The Bison also honored their seniors prior to their last home dual meet against Lehigh.


“I was very pleased with how the team competed in both meets over the weekend,” Head Coach Dan Schinnerer said.


“We did a very good job racing and winning close races.  I was particularly pleased with how we stepped up on Sunday in our performances. Back to back meets, especially with the second one being on the road, present a challenge, but our team responded well to the challenge,” Schinnerer said.


Behnen won the 200 back and 1650 free, narrowly beating teammate Brian Phillips ’16 by 22 seconds.  Seketa took his victories in the 100 and 200 breast. Tim Perley ’15, Sam Mackie ’17, and Tarik Lott ’18 followed Seketa to give the Bison the four top finishers in the 100 free. Mackie and Perley  followed Seketa to take second and third place in the 200. Wenzel recorded victories off the one-meter and three-meter boards. Jon Jones ’15 finished second off both diving boards. Denver Freeman ’17 won the 200 free while Jack Robinson ’17 took first in the 100 back. Triston Loux ’18 recorded a victory in the 200 fly to help the Bison secure their win over Lehigh.


“It was strange having to switch from the happiness and emotions that come with being honored at your last home meet to getting into the zone to compete,” Seketa said about Senior Day. “It really hasn’t sunk in how close we are to being done with something that has been a part of my life for 16 years, but right now I’m just focused on Patriots.”


Devlin, Behnen and Seketa posted victories against Columbia. Behnen also took second in the 400 IM, with Devlin right behind at fourth. Devlin and Seketa paired with Loux and Erik Heinemann ’15 to take third in the 400 medley relay. The 200 free relay team of Heinemann, Steve Grune ’16, Behnen, and Robinson also finished third. Wenzel finished as a runner-up off the one-meter dive, and Jones took second off the three-meter and third off the shorter board. 


“To prepare for Patriots, I am focusing a lot on the dives I plan on competing at the championship meet as well as the little things such as cleaning up my entries into the water,” Wenzel said.


Wenzel was named Diver of the Week for the Patriot League, leading the conference with the most receipts of the title.


With just one meet left before the Patriot League Championships, the Orange and Blue will host the Bison Invite Jan. 31, at Kinney Natatorium. The team also looks ahead to next month to the four-day Patriot League Championships.

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