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Men's Swimming & Diving

Two school records set as Bison swim against Elizabethtown

Gallaudet's Benjamin Sealts celebrates in the pool after he set a new school record. His head is above the water with his goggles on his forehead. His right arm is extended in the air in excitement. He has a smile.

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Two Gallaudet University men's swimming and diving records were set here Saturday afternoon as the Bison lost, 138-65, to Elizabethtown College in a non-conference meet.

Sophomore Chris Martinez (El Paso, Texas) regained his 100-yard butterfly school record as he touched the wall in 54.90 seconds to place second. Three weeks ago, senior Jonathan Tikhonoff (Folsom, Calif.) set the school mark in the 100 fly with a time of 55.55 seconds. 

Freshman Benjamin Sealts (Ottawa, Ohio) added his name to the school record board for the fourth time this season as he erased Martinez's 200-yard IM time of 2:06.73 from the ledger with a time of 2:02.31, over four seconds off the old mark, as he won the event.

Sealts rolled in the 1,000-yard freestyle to a first-place win as he lapped the field with a time of 10:26.22, nearly two minutes ahead of the second-place swimmer. He was within 12 seconds of Brian Bennett's school record of 10:14.97 set in 2012. Sealts completed the day with a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (55.82).

Tikhonoff chased down Elizabethtown's David Foery in the 200-yard freestyle to win 1:55.68 to 1:56.00 and take first place. The senior wom the 100-yard breaststroke with a new personal best time of 1:05.60 and took second in the 100-yard freestyle (53.12 seconds).

Martinez finished second in the 500-yard freestyle as he just missed first place by less than two seconds with his time of 5:22.55.


  • Martinez was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (25.20)
  • There was no diving event today


Men's Team                  
Event     Name     Old Time     New Time
50 backstroke     Rett Jala     51.64     47.30
100 butterfly     Chris Martinez     56.65     54.90*
100 breaststroke     Jonathan Tikhonoff     1:05.67     1:05.60
100 freestyle     Lukas Morkevicius     1:13.68     1:12.99
100 backstroke     Rett Jala     2:09.27     1:55.88
200 IM     Benjamin Sealts     NT     2:02.31*

* = Gallaudet Record

Gallaudet will dive into North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) competition next Saturday, Nov. 11, in Allentown, Pa., as they face Wells College at 1 p.m.