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.

BISON TRACKS

  • 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

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


UP NEXT
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.