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Bison men's team places third at NEAC championships

Bison men's team places third at NEAC championships

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. - The Gallaudet University men's swimming and diving team concluded the 2016 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships in third place here Sunday at the Stephen M. Schneeweiss Athletic Complex on the Cazenovia College campus.

Gallaudet finished the three-day meet with 345 team points after 20 events. Wells College knocked off defending champion SUNY Cobleskill by two points, 508.5 to 506.5, in a thrilling come-from-behind victory for the Express. The host Wildcats were a distant fourth with 83 points.

Junior Dary Berke (Fremont, Calif.) got things started with a fourth-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle as he touched the wall in 25 minutes, 48.69 seconds. He was followed by teammates and fellow junior David Bruno (Patchogue, N.Y.) in fifth place (26:37.17), freshman Kenneth Peters (Indianapolis, Ind.) in sixth (28:07.12) and sophomore Tommy Wall (Toronto, Ontario) in seventh (42:04.45). Thanks to the Bison depth they collected 37 team points in the one event.

Freshman Gideon Firl (Frederick, Md.) had a great showing in the 100 IM as he finished third with a time of 1:04.15. Fellow freshman Chang Hwang (Seattle, Wash.) was eighth (1:25.13) in the same event.

In the final event of the evening the GU men's "A" relay team of Firl, junior Xuan Lin (Mount Prospect, Ill.), Hwang and Berke finished third overall with a time of 4:11.02. GU's "B" relay team of Bruno, Peters, senior Roberto Chavez (Jarales, N.M.) and Wall finished in 5:48.97.


  • Berke was fifth in the 100 freestyle (1:00.82) 
  • Lin was fifth in the 200 breaststroke (3:11.77)
  • Chavez was eighth in the 100 freestyle (1:38.58)
  • GU did not have any entries in the finals of the 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke

Today marked the final swim competition for Chavez, Gallaudet's lone senior.

This concludes the 2015-16 season for the Gallaudet University men's swimming and diving program.