Swimming and diving shows strength in dual loss to Pitt

Eve Wulf, Contributing Writer

In the first scored home meet of the season, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both fell to Pittsburgh, with each team dropping to an 0-2 record for the season. While both teams may not have been able to bring a win to a crowd of alumni on Homecoming Weekend, the Bison had several stellar individual and team efforts, including a top 10 performance for the men’s diving team.

Despite a 110-185 loss to Pitt, the Bison men won four events. Patriot League Swimmer of the Week Chris Devlin ’18 won the 400 IM, finishing with a time of 4:02.63, which was impressively nine seconds faster than the event’s runner-up. Steven Grune ’16 swam exceptionally well in the 50 free, coming out on top with a time of 21.15, which was the fastest time by a Bison swimmer this season by almost a full second. The Bison also won two relays, the 400 medley relay and the 200 free relay. Devlin, Sam Mackie ’17, Triston Loux ’18, and Jack Robinson ’17 combined a time of 3:27.66 to win the 400 medley relay. In the 200 free relay, Grune, JT Nangle ’16, Robinson, and Charlie McFarland ’19 won with a collective time of 1:24.66. Louis Behnen ’17 tallied runner-up finishes for the Orange and Blue in the 1,000 free and 400 IM and Mackie finished second in the 200 breaststroke.

Perhaps the most outstanding highlight of the meet was Tyler Wenzel’s ’16 record-breaking performance on the diving board. Wenzel posted a top-10 mark in the Bison record book. Although he was the runner-up in both diving events, his record-breaking performances included a score of 276.68 on the 1-meter and a score of 295.80 on the 3-meter.

 

“I was happy with my personal performance and there were many other individuals who had an outstanding meet,” Wenzel said. “Although I would have liked to win, competing with strong opponents like Pitt brings out the best in my diving.”

The women’s team also won four events in their 107.5-187.5 loss to Pitt. Emma Levendoski ’16 posted two individual victories in backstroke events. In the 100 back, Levendoski came out on top with a time of 56.67 and in the 200 back, she outshone again with a time of 2:01.42. These two wins for Levendoski added to the list of backstroke events she has won this season, improving the count to six out of seven. The other two wins for the women came in events that were exhibition events for Pitt. Mary Weinstein ’19 finished first in the 400 IM with a time of 4:39.91. In the 200 free relay, Brittany Bishop ’19, Caroline Edelman ’18, Levendoski, and Rachel Perry ’17 combined a time of 1:40.14 to win the exhibition event.

Both teams will have some time off before recommencing on Nov. 7, when they travel to Annapolis, Md. to compete against three Patriot League contenders: Navy, American, and Lafayette.

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