WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University men’s swimming team won its North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) debut on Saturday at the Field House pool as the Bison held off SUNYIT, 126-83.
The Bison (2-2, 1-0 NEAC) moved to the NEAC this past summer after 20 years in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC), where GU was one of the original founding members of the conference.
Gallaudet won 7-of-12 events as the Bison were led by two swimmers that won three events each. The Bison also had six second-place and eight third-place finishes. SUNYIT won five events, placed second in six and third in two. Junior Brian Bennett (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:49.05), 200 freestyle (1:53.23) and the 500 freestyle (5:06.45). Freshman DJ Everton-Lovell (Norfolk, Va.) won the 200 individual medley (2:18.53), 100 butterfly (1:01.33) and the 200 backstroke (2:11.09).
The meet saw the return of diving to the program for the first time in nearly a quarter century. The Bison won the 1-meter diving competition as sophomore Kailob Miller (Ardmore, Okla.) compiled 154.36 points followed by junior Sean Ryant (Cleveland, Ohio) in second with 115.05 points. Miller also finished third in the 200 backstroke (2:46.54).
Senior Kyle Sexton (Peoria, Ill.) had a nice day as he earned one second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.56) and two third-place finishes in the 200 freestyle (2:09.01) and the 100 freestyle (58.20).
Senior Dan Burton (Waukesha, Wis.) was second in the 100 freestyle (55.56) and third in the 50 freestyle (25.26). Burton just missed second place in the 50 free as senior Daniel DiDonna (Parsippany, N.J.) clocked in at 25.15 seconds. DiDonna also took third in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.06). Freshman Richard Zabelski (Saginaw, Mich.) placed in two different events as he was third in the 200 IM (2:57.74) and 100 butterfly (1:31.73).
Gallaudet is off for three weeks and will next swim in York, Pa., on Friday, December 3, against Penn St.-Altoona and the host York (Pa.) College Spartans, former CAC rivals, in a double dual meet that will begin at 6 p.m.