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Men's Swimming & Diving

Records fall as Gallaudet men's swimming begins new season

Gallaudet men's swimmer Jonathan Tikhonoff gives a high five to visiting swimmer from Frostburg State University after the two competed in a swim race in the Field House pool.

WASHINGTON - It was a record-setting performance by a trio of Gallaudet University men's swimmers here Saturday as the Bison began their 2017-18 season in a packed Field House pool against Frostburg State University. The visiting Bobcats defeated the Bison 172-88.

Freshman Benjamin Sealts (Ottawa, Ohio) had quite the debut as he set three school records. He set a new mark in the 50-yard backstroke (26.23) as he won that event. He also won the 100-yard backstroke event and broke an old GU record. Sealts broke James McGowan's old school mark of 55.96 seconds set in 2008 with his new time of 55.22 seconds. His third and final record came when he finished second in the 100-yard IM with a time of 56.98 seconds. He bested the old time of 1:01.33 set by sophomore Chris Martinez (El Paso, Texas) last season.

Senior Jonathan Tikhonoff (Folsom, Calif.) set two records of his own as he posted a 25.48 time in the 50-yard butterfly for a new school mark. He also surpassed one of Martinez's old school records in the 100-yard butterfly as he won the event with a time of 55.55. Martinez's old mark was 57.93 set last year.


  • GU's 200-yard medley relay team of Sealts, Martinez, Tikhonoff and Lukas Morkevicius (Seattle, Wash.) were second with a time of 1:50.98
  • There were 14 events

Gallaudet is off for a week before it dives back into the pool on Saturday, Oct. 28, with a road trip to Sweet Briar, Va., to meet Hampden-Sydney at 2 p.m.