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Ben Seketa
Ben Seketa
Courtesy: Marc Hagemeier
Men's Swimming & Diving Falls to Columbia, 172-127
Release:   01/04/2014

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Mike Nicholson won three events and was one-tenth of a second shy of matching his own school record in the 200 fly to lead the Bucknell men’s swimming and diving team during a 172-127 loss to Columbia Saturday afternoon at Kinney Natatorium. The Bison fell to 5-2 on the season, while the Lions improved to 3-2.

Nicholson collected three of Bucknell’s five victories in the meet as he won the 200 fly, 200 breast and 200 IM. His three wins came by a combined 5.70 seconds as he won the 200 fly by .40, the 200 breast by 1.60 and the 200 IM by 3.70. Nicholson’s time of 1:48.18 in the 200 fly was just .10 away from his own school record.

The 200 breast featured Nicholson and teammate Ben Seketa finishing well ahead of the rest of the field. Nicholson touched the wall in 2:05.95 and Seketa in 2:07.55. The third-place swimmer from Columbia was 7.37 seconds behind Seketa.

Nicholson, who has 22 individual victories this season, was also part of the second-place 200 medley relay team with Matt Hadley, Seketa and Steve Grune.

Brian Phillips registered the other individual victory for the Bison as he won the 500 free in 4:43.59. The Bison swept the top three spots in the race as Denver Freeman and Collin Greene were second and third, respectively. Phillips was also the top Bucknell finished in the 1,000 free, finishing second.

The 400 free relay of Erik Heinemann, Hadley, Grune and Trevor Reitz concluded the meet with a Bison win. Reitz touched the wall at 3:08.10, .08 ahead of Columbia.

In addition to his medley relay performance and second-place showing in the 200 breast, Seketa was the top Bison in the 100 breast, finishing second. He was also third in the 200 IM behind only teammates Nicholson and Will Rappaport.

Hadley was involved in both relays, but was still able to be the top Bucknell finisher in both the 100 free (second) and 200 free (fourth).

Jack Robinson was the top Bison finisher in the 200 back (second) and 100 back (fourth), while Grune was third in the 50 free and Heinemann third in the 100 fly to lead all Bucknell swimmers in those events.

Tyler Wenzel was the runner-up finisher off both diving boards. He posted his second-highest score (243.50) of the year off the one-meter board, while his score of 283.75 off the three-meter marked a career best. He entered the day ranked fourth in program history (282.08) and remained there, but closed the gap on third-place Jeffrey Manning (298.35).

Jon Jones was also solid in the diving competition, finishing third off the one-meter and fourth off the three-meter. His score of 240.20 off the one-meter was just 1.10 off his career best.

Bucknell will return to action next Saturday, Jan. 11, when it travels to Army for a 1 p.m. meet. The Bison will then host Binghamton the next day (Jan. 12) at 1 p.m.

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