ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Gallaudet University's men's swimming and diving program swam away with the Cedar Crest College Falcon Invitational title here Sunday as the Bison tallied 642 team points. SUNY Cobleskill was a distant second with 278 points while Roberts Wesleyan College placed third with 167.
Gallaudet set the tone with its first-place win in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:38.40. The relay team consisted of freshman AJ Markel (University Park, Md.), freshman Alton Markel (Buda, Texas), sophomore Ben Sealts (Ottawa, Ohio) and freshman Elan Markel (University Park, Md.).
Sealts, a day after winning five individual events and two relay first-place finishes, added another six wins to his weekend (four individual and two relays). He finished first in the 50-yard breaststroke with a new school record of 29.55. He had previously set the record of 30.03 the day before. Sealts added first-place finishes in the 50-yard backstroke (26.54), 100-yard IM (57.93), 100-yard butterfly with a new personal record time of 55.24.
Elan Markel took second in the 50-yard breaststroke (32.34), 100-yard IM (1:09.28) third in the 50-yard backstroke
Freshman Barry McGrain III (Lakeville, N.Y.) was second in the 50-yard backstroke (32.30), third in the 100-yard butterfly (1:13.26), 200-yard freestyle (2:07.68)
- Sophomore Rett Jala (McAllen, Texas) was fourth in the 50-yard backstroke (37.44)
- McGrain was fifth in the 100-yard freestyle (59.84)
- Eight different Bison set personal record times on Sunday
GALLAUDET PERSONAL RECORDS
|Event||Name||Old Time||New Time|
|50 backstroke||Barry McGrain III||34.29||32.30|
|50 breaststroke||Ben Sealts||30.03||29.55^|
|50 butterfly||Elan Markel||33.75||32.34|
|50 freestyle||Xiangming Liu||42.00||41.54*|
|100 butterfly||Ben Sealts||55.90||55.24|
|100 freestyle||Alton Markel||1:04.60||1:02.16|
|100 freestyle||Abe Polanco||1:19.61||1:18.81|
|100 IM||Rett Jala||1:34.96||1:24.69|
|100 IM||Xiangming Liu||1:50.27||1:46.61|
|200 freestyle||Rett Jala||2:59.99||2:50.17|
|200 freestyle||Abe Polanco||3:04.02||2:55.39|
|200 freestyle||Jared Spinale||3:15.06||3:12.49*|
* = Time recorded in relay
^ = New school record
This was Gallaudet last meet for the fall semester. The Bison will next host Penn St.-Altoona on Friday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Field House pool.