WASHINGTON - The 2019-20 swimming season got underway here Saturday for the Gallaudet University men's swimming and diving program as the Bison hosted Frostburg State University in the Field House pool.
Gallaudet dropped the season opener, 174-76, to the visiting Bobcats, who won 11 of the 14 events.
Junior Ben Sealts (Ottawa, Ohio) picked up two first-place wins for the Bison and was second in another. Sealts edged out Frostburg's Anthony Giuseppetti in the 100-yard backstroke as Sealts touched the wall in 56.07 seconds followed by Giuseppetti in second with 56.90 seconds. Sealts rolled to first in the 100-yard IM (59.44) and second in the 100-yard butterfly (57.34).
The Bison had many new swimmers post personal best times in the meet. Three Gallaudet men's swimmers lowered their best times led by sophomore Barry McGrain III's (Lakeville, N.Y.) 50-yard butterfly time of 31.82 posted in GU's 200-yard medley relay. Junior Rett Jala (McAllen, Texas) lowered his personal best time in the 100-yard IM to 1:30.26 as he finished behind Sealts. Junior Lukas Morkevicius (Washington, D.C.) improved his personal best time in the 200-yard freestyle (2:44.48) as he finished fourth overall.
- McGrain finished third in the 1,000-yard freestyle (12:55.50)
- Freshman Solomon Worthey (San Diego, Calif.) finished third in the 50-yard backstroke (38.64)
- Sophomore Nick Hohrman (Fergus Falls, Minn.) was third in the 100-yard freestyle (1:01.07)
- Hohrman was third in the 50-yard butterfly (30.84)
GU will host Southern Virginia University next Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m.