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Men's Swimming & Diving

Gallaudet's men's swim team wins Cazenovia Invitational

Gallaudet men's swimmer Benjamin Sealts swims the backstroke in a swimming pool. Sealts wears a hot pink swim cap and has some dark goggles on. His left arm is coming out of the water as he swims fast backwards.

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. - The Gallaudet University men's swimming and diving team won the Cazenovia Invitational here Saturday with 238 team points earned in 16 events.

The SUNY Delhi Broncos placed second with 202 points while the host Wildcats of Cazenovia College (98) took third and Herkimer County Community College placed fourth (36).

Bison freshman Barry McGrain III (Lakeville, N.Y.) was one of the top finishers for GU as he won three events and beat his personal best times in several events. McGrain won the 100- and 500-yard freestyle events with times of 56.90 seconds and 5:50.65, respectively. McGrain was also first in the 1,000-yard freestyle as he touched the wall in 12:26.66.

McGrain joined sophomores Rett Jala (McAllen, Texas), Ben Sealts (Ottawa, Ohio) and Abe Polanco (Devine, Texas) on the 200-yard medley relay team that won in 2:15.42.

Sealts matched McGrain with three individual wins as he came in first in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events with times of 55.62 and 2:00.60, respectively, and won the 200-yard IM (2:05.13).

Jala was second in the 100-yard backstroke (1:24.67), behind Sealts by 29 seconds, and placed third in the 200-yard IM (3:36.69). Polanco was third in the 200-yard freestyle (3:11.65).

Sophomore Xiangming Liu (Dandong, China) finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke (3:55.71) and third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:44.68).


  • Rett was fourth in the 500-yard freestyle (8:47.21)
  • Liu finished fourth in the 200-yard IM (4:15.26)
  • Polanco finished fifth out of six in the 50-yard freestyle (36.73)
  • Freshman Joel Sibert (Seattle, Wash.) was sixth (56.36) in the 50-yard freestyle


Men's Team                  
Event     Name     Old Time     New Time
50 freestyle     Barry McGrain III     28.69     27.60
50 freestyle     Abe Polanco     35.04     34.56*
50 freestyle     Joel Sibert     57.09     56.36
100 freestyle     Abe Polanco     1:22.58     1:19.61
100 freestyle     Joel Sibert     3:05.80     2:11.74
100 backstroke     Rett Jala     1:27.75     1:24.67
100 breaststroke     Xiangming Liu     1:45.16     1:44.68
200 IM     Rett Jala     3:43.80     3:36.69
200 breaststroke     Xiangming Liu     3:59.92     3:55.71
500 freestyle     Barry McGrain III     5:55.13     5:50.65
500 freestyle     Rett Jala     8:58.66     8:47.21

* = Time recorded in relay


Gallaudet returns home and will host North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) foe Wells College on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m.