WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University men’s swimming team was on the verge of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in program history as the Bison led 112-111 with two events left on Sunday at the Field House pool against Marymount (Va.) University. The Saints won the next two events and gobbled up other team points with second and fourth-place finishes claiming the 139-122 non-conference win.
Gallaudet (4-5) won the meet’s first three events en route to winning five of the 14 events. It was ‘Senior Day’ on Sunday and senior Kyle Sexton (Peoria, Ill.) stepped up and helped to set the tone in the first event. Sexton was a member of the first-place 200-yard medley relay team that finished with a time of 1:50.03. Freshmen DJ Everton-Lovell (Norfolk, Va.), Richard Zabelski (Saginaw, Mich.) and John Hathaway (Lenox, Mass.) rounded out that team with Sexton.
Even though it was ‘Senior Day’ it was a junior that stole the show for the Bison. Junior Brian Bennett (Colorado Springs, Colo.), the reigning North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Swimming Student-Athlete of the Week, won three events to lead the Bison. Bennett was the first to the wall in the 1,000 freestyle (10:52.91), 200 freestyle (1:50.69) and 500 freestyle (5:03.82). Fellow junior James McGowan (Palm Coast, Fla.) won the 50 freestyle with a mad dash time of 23.46 seconds as Gallaudet President Alan Hurwitz and company looked on.
Coach Bill Snape commented that this was probably the best dual meet in his seven-year tenure at Gallaudet. Marymount closed out the meet with wins in the 200 IM and 200 freestyle relay.
The Bison swim program recognized seniors Sexton, Ben Taylor (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Brandon Winebarger (Crawford, Tenn.) for their efforts and dedication on Sunday.
GU will now have three weeks to prepare for the NEAC championships on February 18-20 hosted by SUNY Cobleskill.