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Sealts sweeps NEAC Men's Swimmer and Rookie of the Year, Curran named Coach of the Year

NEAC Asst. Commissioner Stephanie Dutton presents NEAC awards to Benjamin Sealts and Larry Curran (far right)

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) released its 2018 All-Conference Swimming and Diving teams and Gallaudet University earned 10 spots, which included three relay events. Five different Bison men's swimmers earned all-conference honors including 2017-18 Men's Swimming and Diving Swimmer of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year.

A swimmer or diver needs to place first, second, or third in an event at the NEAC Championships to earn all-conference status. The 2018 swimming and diving championships were held Feb. 16-18 and were hosted by SUNY Cobleskill. Gallaudet finished in third place with 379 points.

Freshman Benjamin Sealts (Ottawa, Ohio) became the first men's swimmer in NEAC history to earn NEAC Men's Swimmer of the Year and NEAC Men's Rookie of the Year at the same championship. The feat was achieved one time on the women's side when Cedar Crest College's Maggie Olock swept both awards at the 2014 NEAC championships. Sealts won his three individual events he was entered in and set NEAC and school records in the process. He was also a member of Gallaudet's first-place 400-yard medley relay team along with the 200-yard medley relay (second place) and 400-yard freestyle (third place).

This is the second straight year Gallaudet has swept the NEAC Men's Swimmer and Rookie of the Year. Sealts becomes the third Bison to earn NEAC Men's Swimmer of the Year as he joins fellow teammate Jonathan Tikhonoff (Folsom, Calif.), last year's winner, along with accomplished Bison swimmer Brian Bennett, who won back-to-back honors in 2011, '12. GU's Chris Martinez was last year's NEAC Men's Rookie of the Year, this is the second time in program history the Bison have earned this award.

Sealts shares the 2018 NEAC Men's Swimming Rookie of the Year with SUNY Cobleskill's Daniel Mullen.

This is Gallaudet head coach Larry Curran's first NEAC Men's Swimming & Diving Coach of the Year award. He earned the 2013-14 NEAC Women's Swimming & Diving Coach of the Year award four years ago.

Tikhonoff had an impressive meet as the senior won three individual events and set a NEAC and school record in the 200-yard butterfly. He also joined Sealts and senior David Bruno (Patchogue, N.Y.) and junior Mackenzie Shannon (Winnetka, ill.) on the three relay teams that earned all-conference honors. Freshman Rett Jala (McAllen, Texas) earned all-conference third team honors in the 100-yard backstroke.

The host Fighting Tigers from SUNY Cobleskill successfully defended its championship as they finished with 498 team points followed by Wells (394), Gallaudet (379) and Cazenovia College (196).

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2018 Gallaudet University Men's Swimming and Diving All-NEAC Honorees

 Benjamin Sealts headshot         Jonathan Tikhonoff headshot           David Bruno headshot
BENJAMIN SEALTS         JONATHAN TIKHONOFF
        DAVID BRUNO

NEAC Swimmer of the Year
NEAC Rookie of the Year

All-NEAC First Team
100-yard backstroke*
200-yard backstroke*
200-yard IM*
400-yard medley relay

All-NEAC Second Team
200-yard medley relay

All-NEAC Third Team
400-yard freestyle relay

       

All-NEAC First Team
200-yard butterfly*
400-yard IM
500-yard freestyle
400-yard medley relay

All-NEAC Second Team
200-yard medley relay

All-NEAC Third Team
400-yard freestyle relay

         All-NEAC FirstTeam
400-yard medley relay

All-NEAC Second Team
200-yard medley relay

All-NEAC Third Team
400-yard freestyle relay
                     
Mackenzie Shannon headshot         Rett Jala headshot         Larry Curran headshot
MACKENZIE SHANNON
        RETT JALA
        LARRY CURRAN
All-NEAC First Team
400-yard freestyle relay

All-NEAC Second Team
200-yard medley relay

All-NEAC Third Team
400-yard freestyle relay
        All-NEAC Third Team
100-yard backstroke
        NEAC Coach of the Year

* = NEAC Record