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Louis Behnen
Louis Behnen
Courtesy: Marc Hagemeier
Men's Swimming & Diving Finishes Fourth at PL Championships
Release:   02/22/2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Bucknell senior Mike Nicholson earned his third medal of this year’s Patriot League Championships Saturday evening at Lejeune Hall as he broke his own school record in the 200 fly by nearly two seconds and finished second in the race, giving him a silver to go along with his golds in the IMs the last two nights. Freshman Louis Behnen also finished on the medal stand Saturday, placing third in the 1,650 free.

The Bison finished the four-day meet in fourth place with 477 points. Host Navy won its 11th consecutive championship, while Army was second and newcomer Boston U. was third.

Nicholson, who completed his Patriot League career with 12 championship finals appearances and nine top-three finishes, was the top overall point scorer in the Patriot League Class of 2014. He placed fourth in the 200 fly prelims on Saturday, edging out his own school record by .01 with a time of 1:48.07. In the evening session Nicholson shaved nearly two seconds off that record by touching the wall in an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:46.17 to finish in second place.

“Mike had an outstanding championship meet with two school records and two individual titles,” commented Bucknell eighth-year head coach Dan Schinnerer. “He put an exclamation point on an outstanding Patriot League career and the fact that he was named the top overall points scorer was quite an honor for him.”

Nicholson owns the Bucknell school records in the 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 breast and 200 fly.

Nicholson was not alone in scoring in the 200 fly as Erik Heinemann was sixth and Jeff Shanley was 14th. Heinemann’s prelims time of 1:48.72 was a personal best by nearly a second. He and Nicholson are the only two swimmers in program history to time in under 1:50.00 in the 200 fly.

Behnen led a contingent of four Bucknell scorers in the 1,650 free as he posted the No. 2 time in program history (15:23.83) in the event. It was his third top-five showing this week as he placed second in the 400 IM and fifth in the 500 free. Brian Phillips (9th), George Beatty (11th) and Shanley (12th) also scored, with Shanley’s 16:06.08 ranking 10th in school annals.

“Louis had a very good swim in the mile to cap an outstanding championship meet for him,” noted Schinnerer. “It was nice to see him get on the medal stand.”

Another rookie was Bucknell’s top finisher in the 200 back as Jack Robinson placed sixth with the No. 2 time (1:49.00) on the all-time list. Wes Marberry placed eighth as the Bison had two championship finalists in two events (200 fly, 200 back) Saturday.

Ben Seketa matched Robinson with a sixth-place showing in the 200 breast, while Matt Hadley (10th) and Daniel Wallace (13th) scored in the 100 free. Seketa’s 2:01.35 in the prelims placed him third in the school record book, while Hadley now ranks eighth on the 100 free ledger.

In the final diving competition of the meet, Jon Jones placed sixth off the three-meter board. He posted scores above 280 in both the prelims and finals. Earlier in the week, Jones was seventh off the one-meter board.

The meet concluded with the 400 free relay of Nicholson, Hadley, Wallace and Reitz posting the No. 7 time in program history en route to a fifth-place finish.

“We swam well as a team, had some outstanding performances and a number of records this week,” said Schinnerer. “However, our fourth-place finish is not what we were shooting for. We are going to determine what we have to do to move back up the standings, and that includes improving our depth. We are ready to take on that challenge.”

While the Patriot League Championships are complete, Bucknell’s season is not done yet. The Bison will be back in Annapolis next weekend for the ECAC Championships, which run Feb. 28-March 2.

Team Scores
1. Navy – 945.5
2. Army – 640.5
3. Boston U. – 609
4. Bucknell – 477
5. Lehigh – 291.5
6. American – 178
7. Lafayette – 168
8. Loyola – 151.5
9. Colgate – 109
10. Holy Cross - 80

New Top-10 Marks
1,650 free (2. Louis Behnen – 15:23.83; 10. Jeff Shanley – 16:06.08)
200 back (2. Jack Robinson – 1:49.00; 6. Wes Marberry – 1:50.05)
100 free (8. Matt Hadley – 45.71)
200 breast (3. Ben Seketa – 2:01.35)
200 fly (1. Mike Nicholson – 1:46.17; 2. Erik Heinemann – 1:48.72)
400 free relay (7. Nicholson, Hadley, Wallace, Reitz – 3:03.27)

Bucknell Results
Patrick Alvermann
3-M diving prelims – 15th, 211.25

George Beatty
1,650 free finals – 11th, 16:00.13

Louis Behnen
1,650 free finals – 3rd, 15:23.83

Denver Freeman
200 fly prelims – 17th, 1:54.99

Collin Greene
200 fly prelims – 21st, 1:56.44

Steve Grune
100 free prelims – 23rd, 46.63

Matt Hadley
100 free prelims – 10th, 45.75
100 free finals – 10th, 45.71

Erik Heinemann
200 fly prelims – 5th, 1:48.72
200 fly finals – 6th, 1:48.83

Jon Jones
3-M diving prelims – 7th, 280.65
3-M diving finals – 6th, 282.60

Wes Marberry
200 back prelims – 8th, 1:50.05
200 back finals – 8th, 1:50.29

Mike Nicholson
200 fly prelims – 4th, 1:48.07
200 fly finals – 2nd, 1:46.17

Tim Perley
200 breast prelims – 19th, 2:06.78

Brian Phillips
1,650 free finals – 9th, 15:52.69

Will Rappaport
200 back prelims – 20th, 1:54.12

Trevor Reitz
100 free prelims – 27th, 47.00

Jack Robinson
200 back prelims – 6th, 1:49.39
200 back finals – 6th, 1:49.00

Ben Seketa
200 breast prelims – 4th, 2:01.35
200 breast finals – 6th, 2:02.00

Jeff Shanley
1,650 free finals – 12th, 16:06.08
200 fly prelims – 13th, 1:53.41
200 fly finals – 14th, 1:54.17

Daniel Wallace
100 free prelims – 15th, 46.10
100 free finals – 13th, 46.18

Tyler Wenzel
3-M diving prelims – 10th, 254.65

400 free relay
Nicholson, Hadley, Wallace, Reitz – 5th, 3:03.27

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