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Ben Seketa
Ben Seketa
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Nicholson Earns Three Wins in Season-Opener vs. UMBC
Release:   10/05/2013

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell men's swimming and diving team earned six wins in Saturday's non-scored season-opener against UMBC at Kinney Natatorium, and senior Mike Nicholson accounted for half of them.

Nicholson captured all three butterfly events, and teammate Erik Heinemann took second in all three. Nicholson won the 200-yard fly in 1:51.39. Heinemann finished in 1:54.69, and no other swimmer touched in under 1:59. 

Nicholson nosed out Heinemann by three-tenths of a second in the 100 fly, and then that duo went 1-2 for a third time in the special 50 fly.

Brian Phillips, Ben Seketa and Steve Grune accounted for Bucknell's other three wins. 

Phillips earned the team's first victory of the afternoon in the 1,000 freestyle, posting a time of 9:55.45. He was the only sub-10-minute finisher in the field. 

Seketa captured the 200 breaststroke in 2:09.15 and later was runner-up in the 100 breast. Grune won the 50 free in 21.11. 

"We look at this meet as just a starting point," said Bucknell head coach Dan Schinnerer. "Our season is long and we have a lot of competitions to go before our most important meets in February. There is always some good and some bad in a first meet, but now we have a frame of reference and we look to make improvements by our next meet with George Washington."

The Bison will be back in action on Oct. 19 at George Washington.

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