WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University men’s swimming team, the defending North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) champions, flexed its muscle on Saturday at the Field House pool against conference rival Wells College in a 155-117 victory. The Bison (4-2-1, 2-0 NEAC) won nine of the 15 men’s events en route to their fourth win of the season.
Senior Brian Bennett (Colorado Springs, Colo.) continues his march to rewriting Gallaudet’s swimming record book as he won the 100-yard butterfly in 58.27 seconds. Bennett, who set three University records two weeks ago, erases Raymond Clark’s time of 58.95 set in 2005. Bennett won three individual events and was a member of the first-place 200-yard medley relay team. Bennett also took home first-place honors in the 200 and 500-yard freestyles in 1:49.04 and 5:55.52, respectively. His time in the 200 was 14 seconds faster than the second-place finisher while the 500 time was 22 seconds better than the next swimmer.
Sophomore DJ Everton-Lovell (Norfolk, Va.) matched Bennett with three individual first-place finishes and was also a member of the 200-yard medley relay team. The two other members of the relay team consisted of senior James McGowan (Palm Coast, Fla.) and senior Sean Ryant (Cleveland, Ohio). The relay team narrowly missed the program record of 149.52 set back in 2008 as the quartet finished in 1:49.88.
Everton-Lovell was first in the 200-yard butterfly (2:28.36), 200-yard backstroke (2:09.52) and the 400-yard IM (5:03.45). The latter of which, he was 31 seconds better than the next swimmer to finish the event.
McGowan was second in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles as he touched the wall in 23.82 and 54.12 seconds, respectively. McGowan was beat out by Wells’ Matt Sleezer in both events as Sleezer went onto win three events for the Express. Sleezer was also first in the 100-yard backstroke just beating senior Dan Burton (Waukesha, Wis.) by three seconds as Burton finished second in 1:05.69.
Burton, McGowan along with senior Hipolito Deluna (Chicago, Ill.) and freshman Robb Ingram (Salem, Ala.) won the final event of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle relay, with a time of 1:40.71. Wells’ team was disqualified during this event.
Ingram was second in the 1 meter diving competition that the Bison swept. Sophomore Jason Almendarez (Houston, Texas) won the event with 180.60 points. He was followed by Ingram (166.60 points) and junior Kaliob Miller (Ardmore, Okla.), who posted 150.50 points.
The Bison received another second-place finish from sophomore Ramanth Shenoy (Dale City, Va.) in the 1,000-yard freestyle (13:18.82).
Wells (2-3, 1-1 NEAC) finished second to Gallaudet last year in the NEAC championships as the Bison took the title in their first season in the conference. The Express were the defending conference champions.
Gallaudet will step out of conference next week and will be tested in York, Pa., against former Capital Athletic Conference foe York (Pa.) College and Penn St.-Altoona on Friday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. This is the last meet of the semester for the Bison.