ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - The Gallaudet University men's swimming team continues to re-write the program's record book at the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference championships held at St. Mary's (Md.) College as two more program records were set on Saturday night.
Sophomore Brian Bennett (Colorado Springs, Colo.) had a hand in both records as he finished 11th overall in the 200-yard freestyle with a new record time of 1:49.06. The time is over two seconds quicker than the old mark of 1:51.36 set by Bennett back on January 24 against Hood College. He earned six team points for the Bison as University of Mary Washington's Brad Dunn won the race in 1:44.85.
Bennett was the anchor on the 800-yard freestyle relay which finished sixth overall with a program record time of 7:55.34. For the other three Bison swimmers on this relay this is nothing new as sophomores Grady Gallagher (Las Vegas, Nev.), Kyle Sexton (Peoria, Ill.) and Zsolt Plaszko (Budapest, Hungary) set the team record last year (8:04.80) as freshmen. GU edged Hood College (7:55.62) by three-tenths of a second.
GU slipped to seventh place with 122 points as Hood moved ahead with 130 points. The Bison have six more events on Sunday to take back sixth-place from the Blazers. UMW is leading the competition with 637 points, well ahead of any other contenders.
Gallaudet had two other swimmers compete in two different individual finals on Saturday. Freshman Dan Burton (Waukesha, Wis.) finished 16th in the 100-yard backstroke (1:07.46) while junior Kris Lauderbaugh (Painesville, Ohio) was 16th in the 400-yard individual medley (5:47.24). Lauderbaugh's time was eight seconds better than his preliminary time earlier in the day.
The Bison also had three alternates in junior Daniel DiDonna (Parsippany, N.J.) in the 100-yard breaststroke, freshman Kailob Miller (Ardmore, Okla.) in the 100-yard backstroke and Gallagher in the 200-yard freestyle.
Gallaudet placed seventh in the 200-yard medley relay to begin the evening. The team of Burton, DiDonna, Plaszko and junior Ben Taylor (Indianapolis, Ind.) finished with a time of 1:56.54.
The final day of the championships begin with the preliminaries at 10 a.m. followed by the finals round at 6 p.m. The traditional Senior Recognition ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m.
2010 CAC Swimming Championships