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Two first-place finishes help Gallaudet men's team to second place on Day 1 of NEAC championships

Two first-place finishes help Gallaudet men's team to second place on Day 1 of NEAC championships

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. - The Gallaudet University men's swimming and diving team is in second place after the first day of competition here Friday night at the 2017 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships being hosted by Cazenovia College.

The Bison set a school record and many personal bests as they tallied 116 team points. SUNY Cobleskill is currently in first place with 198 points followed by Gallaudet, Wells College (106) and Cazenovia (53). Wells is the defending conference champion.

Freshman Chris Martinez (El Paso, Texas) broke his school record in the 200-yard IM with a first-place time of two minutes, 6.73 seconds. The previous school record was 2:09.37 set by Martinez on Oct. 22, 2016.

Junior Jonathan Tikhonoff (Folsom, Calif.) won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:13.37 as he finished over five seconds ahead of the second-place swimmer. Tikhonoff posted a 5:12.96 time during the morning preliminaries in the same event. 

Senior Dary Berke (Fremont, Calif.) was sixth in the 50 freestyle as he sprinted to the finish in 27.74 seconds. Freshman Niko Lutes-Stein (Austin, Texas) was close behind as he touched the wall in 28.87 seconds in eighth place.

GU finished second in the 400 medley relay with a time of 4:15.12. Tikhonoff led off the relay followed by senior Xuan Lin (Mount Prospect, Ill.), Martinez and Setthawut Snow (St. Augustine, Fla.).

It was a landmark day for the Gallaudet swimming program as the Reaction Light System made its debut in a NCAA sanctioned championship meet. Reaction Light Systems are installed on all starting platforms and use colored light tubes to signal the start of each event. The lights turn flashing red followed by a steady red to signal swimmers to get ready, blue to take their mark, and green to go. The Reaction Light System allows deaf and hard of hearing swimmers to get a fair start off the blocks.

Gallaudet University, a proud member of the NEAC, is the the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students.


  • Senior David Bruno (Patchogue, N.Y.) finished eighth in the 500 freestyle (7:22.60)
  • Freshman Lukas Morkevicius (Washington, D.C.) was 10th in the 50 freestyle (30.94)
  • The Bison 200 freestyle relay team of Berke, Morkevicius, Lutes-Stein and Lin finished fourth overall (1:59.70)
  • GU's second 400 medley relay team of Berke, Lutes-Stein, Bruno and junior Julian Simons (Austin, Texas) was eighth (5:56.74)
  • GU had no divers in the 1-meter diving events


Men's Team                  
Event     Name     Old Time     New time
50 freestyle     Xuan Lin     31.06     29.57 (R)
100 backstroke     Jonathan Tikhonoff     1:03.63     58.55 (R)
100 butterfly     Chris Martinez     57.93     56.63 (R)
100 butterfly     David Bruno     1:46.62     1:28.16 (R)
200 IM
    Chris Martinez     2:09.37
500 freestyle
    Jonathan Tikhonoff     5:21.09     5:12.96
500 freestyle
    Julian Simons     9:47.82     9:18.11

The Bison return to the Stephen M. Schneeweiss Athletic Complex tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 11) for Day 2 of the 2017 NEAC championships. Preliminaries will start at 10 a.m. and the finals will be held at 6 p.m. The events on display include the 200 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and the 800 relay. 

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