YORK, Pa. – For the first time in 46 years the Gallaudet University men’s swimming team will finish its season with a winning record. The Bison secured its place in program history with a 127-72 win over Penn St.-Altoona on Friday night in a double dual meet at York (Pa.) College. GU narrowly lost its match-up with the host Spartans, 110-90.
The Bison season record now stands at 5-3-1 with only one meet left on their schedule before the conference championships. Gallaudet has only had two winning records in men’s swimming in program history.
“This 2011-12 Gallaudet men’s swimming team deserves its place in program history with the 1964-65 team,” said GU head coach Bill Snape, now in his eighth season. “The whole team swam great tonight, there was a lot of positive energy and best of all we are not done yet.”
Senior Brian Bennett (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won two events and broke another school record in the process. Bennett dropped his record time in the 200-yard freestyle down to 1:48.17 from 1:48.43, a time he set three weeks ago. He was first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:02.61 which was over 22 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Bennett was fourth in the 100 butterfly as he touched the wall in just over a minute (1:00.44) as three Spartans swept the event.
Sophomore DJ Everton-Lovell (Norfolk, Va.) won the 100-yard backstroke in 58.31 seconds and was fourth in the 200 IM (2:16.42). Senior James McGowan (Palm Coast, Fla.) was second in the 50 freestyle (23.79 seconds) and fourth in the 100 freestyle (53.88 seconds). Both Everton-Lovell and McGowan were members of Gallaudet’s first-place 400 freestyle relay team that just edged Penn St.-Altoona, 3:42.68 to 3:42.76. York swam exhibition over the course of the final two events as they secured their victories. Senior Dan Burton (Waukesha, Wis.) and freshman Robb Ingram (Salem, Ala.) was the other half of Gallaudet’s relay team.
Senior Sean Ryant (Cleveland, Ohio) was second in the 100 breaststroke as he finished with a time of 1:14.09 and was followed by teammate and junior Jacob Klenk (Westerville, Ohio), who was 16 seconds behind Ryant.
The Bison have closed the gap against the Spartans since last year when Gallaudet lost 156-49 and two years before when they suffered a 174-29 setback.
GU is now off until the New Year and will next get in the pool on Saturday, January 21, in the final regular-season meet for the Bison at home against Hood College at 1 p.m.