Bison men’s swim and dive team leaves Annapolis 2-1

Annie Collett, Staff Writer

The Bison men’s swimming and diving team beat American and Lafayette in a Nov. 5 quad meet in Annapolis, Maryland, falling just short of first place to Navy. In the meet, the Orange and Blue had three first place individual finishes and one relay win to pull ahead of their competition. After this meet, the Bison’s overall record is 2-3 and they are now 2-2 in the Patriot League.

The Bison defeated American 211-75 and recorded their 22nd consecutive victory over Lafayette 212-83. Navy beat the Bison by a score of 188-102.

Chris Devlin ’18 had two wins in this meet. He won the 200 yard backstroke for the eighth consecutive race with the time of 1:48.86. He also came in first place during the 400 yard individual medley, touching the wall at 4:06.17. Louis Behnen ’17 came in right behind him, placing second.

“We had a great meet at Navy this past weekend, with much of the team making major improvements from where we started the season. We saw a bunch of season best times throughout the meet, which is very encouraging after a good week of training,” Devlin said.

“I think we performed well and are in a good spot thus far. We knew we were going to have some good competition, as these were teams we will see again at the end of the season during championships, so it was a great opportunity for us to get up and race against familiar opponents. We’re looking forward to continuing our work in practice, and getting excited for our trip to New York to take on Columbia,” Devlin said.

Behnen came in first place during the 500 yard freestyle with the time of 4:34.07. He is the Bison record holder for this event. Behnen was followed closely by Denver Freeman ’17, who placed third.

“For the seniors, it was probably the last time we swam at Navy’s pool. Nearly everybody swam in-season best times, and the team was able to continue its energy throughout the meet. It was also a great opportunity to race some of the fastest swimmers in the Patriot League,” Behnen said.

The 200-yard freestyle relay consisting of Matt McGoey ’20, Charlie McFarland ’19, Jimmy Rush ’20, and Jack Robinson ’17 came in first place at 1:26.50.

The Orange and Blue will next compete on Nov. 20 against Columbia.

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