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Men's Swimming & Diving

Gallaudet drops first meet of new year to Penn St.-Altoona

Xiangming Liu swims in the breaststroke event in the Field House pool

WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University men's swimming and diving program kicked off the new year here Friday night in a non-conference meet with Penn St.-Altoona. The Bison came up short as the visiting Lions won 152-53.

Sophomore Ben Sealts (Ottawa, Ohio) won two events to lead the Bison. Sealts came in first in the 200-yard backstroke when he touched the wall in two minutes, 7.21 seconds. He followed that with a first-place performance in the 200-yard IM (2:09.41). Sealts did get edged out in the 200-yard butterfly by less than three seconds. Sealts (2:12.39) trailed Penn St.-Altoona's Tanner Yaw, who won in 2:09.91.

Sophomore Rett Jala (McAllen, Texas) was second in the 50-yard freestyle (30.09) as his time was under six seconds from first place.


  • Sophomore Xiangming Liu (Dandong, China) was second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:57.41)
  • Jala took third in the 100-yard backstroke with a new personal best time of 1:22.81 and third in the 200-yard backstroke (3:10.71)
  • Liu finished third in the 200-yard freestyle (3:40.88) and 200-yard breaststroke (4:09.00)
  • Sophomore Abe Polanco (Devine, Texas) took second in the 500-yard freestyle (8:22.24)
  • Polanco finished third in the 100-yard freestyle (1:26.40) and 1,000-yard freestyle (17:03.93)
  • GU's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Jala, Polanco, Liu and Sealts finished third (5:17.78)


Men's Team                  
Event     Name     Old Time     New Time
100 freestyle     Rett Jala     1:14.83     1:12.99
100 backstroke     Rett Jala     1:23.59     1:22.81
100 freestyle     Xiangming Liu     1:53.70     1:39.80


Gallaudet will turn around and host Stevenson University tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 19) at 1 p.m. in the Field House pool.