LEWISBURG, Pa. – Senior Mike Nicholson won the 200 fly and 400 IM and freshman Louis Behnen (500 free, 400 IM), sophomore diver Tyler Wenzel (three-meter) and junior diver Jon Jones (three-meter) recorded program top-10 marks to highlight the Bucknell’s men’s swimming and diving team’s 199-99 loss to Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon at Kinney Natatorium. It was the first home scored meet of the season for the Bison, who fell to 1-1 on the season.
Nicholson collected two of Bucknell’s four individual victories in the meet. He won the 200 fly by .39 seconds over Pitt’s Jon Lierley and then captured the 400 IM by 2.76 seconds. Nicholson was also the Bison’s top finisher in the 100 fly, posting a fourth-place showing.
Behnen won three events last week at George Washington and he continued to have success Saturday. He finished first in the 500 free, touching the wall in 4 minutes, 35.25 seconds, the No. 10 time in program history. He followed that with a third-place showing in the 400 IM. His time of 4:03.91 ranks eighth in school annals. Behnen also swam the 200 free and was the team’s top finisher, placing second in the race.
Wenzel was Bucknell’s top finisher off both boards, placing fourth in each competition. His score of 282.08 off the three-meter placed him fourth in the Bison record books. Teammate Jones posted a career-best score of 273.83 to move up to fifth in the all-time school rankings.
Sophomore Steve Grune rounded out the list of Bison winners as he claimed the gold medal in the 50 free.
Junior Ben Seketa had a solid day as well. He was the team’s top finisher in both breaststroke events, placing second in the 100 and third in the 200.
Bucknell, which was facing Pittsburgh (2-0) for the first time since the 1978-79 campaign, will next be in action Nov. 9 when it hosts Patriot League foes American, Lafayette and Navy in a quad meet at Kinney Natatorium.