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Men's Swimming & Diving

GU men's swimming wins Cedar Crest Invitational

Gallaudet men's swimmer AJ Markel is in a swimming pool. He holds on to the edge of the pool deck while looking back at the scoreboard to see his time.

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)

AJ Markel was second in the 100-yard freestyle (55.58) while Alton Markel was third in the 50-yard breaststroke (34.11).

GU's 800-yard freestyle relay team of McGrain, AJ Markel, Alton Markel and Sealts won the event in 9:14.91.


  • 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


Men's Team                  
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.