Men’s Swimming and Diving shines at Bison Invite: Team dominates in 200 IM, 200 fly

Dominique Daniels , Staff Writer

The men’s swimming and diving team hosted the Bison Invite at Kinney Natatorium on  Jan 31. The invite served host to nine great teams including a few Patriot League opponents, such as American, Lafayette, and Loyola.

 

Even though the invite was not scored, the meet marked the last regular season competition of the year before the Orange and Blue head into the next stage of competition. Beforehand, team captain Tim Perley ’15 said that the men were looking forward to the opportunity to improve at the Patriot League Championships next weekend.

 

“We are looking to swim fast. All the guys on our team are looking to fine-tune their starts, turns, and mental approaches before championships,” Perley said.

 

Erik Heinemann ’15 was one of the many Bison to do this. Heinemann was a double winner with victories in the 100 free and 100 fly. In total, the team entered swimmers in 15 of the 17 events and won seven.

 

The Bison placed six swimmers in the top nine of the 100 fly. Jack Robinson ’17 placed third alongside Heinemann in the 100 free standings. In the 200 IM, Chris Devlin ’18 and Louis Behnen ’17 secured the top two finishes. The team truly dominated the event, also taking fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh places.

 

Denver Freeman ’17 won the 200 fly for the first time all season as the Bison rolled through many of their other events during the meet. They also captured victories in both of their relays.

 

“This meet is always fun because we play the ‘plus-minus’ game. Each individual win is a plus one, each individual loss is a minus two, and each relay win is a plus two. We have an incentive to finish plus 10 or better. At the end of the day, we finished plus 26, which was awesome to see,” Collin Greene ’15 said.

 

The Bison will be back in action when they host the Patriot League Championships on home turf from Feb. 18-21.

 

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