2018 Patriot League Championships
When: Wednesday, Feb. 14 to Saturday, Feb. 17
Where: Lejeune Hall – Annapolis, Md.
Event Website: PatriotLeague.org
Online Video: Patriot League Network
Live Results: NavySports.com
Follow on Twitter: @Bucknell_SWIMDV
Bucknell’s All-Time Patriot League Championships Results: 1991 (7th), 1992 (4th), 1993 (4th), 1994 (4th), 1995 (3rd), 1996 (3rd), 1997 (3rd), 1998 (3rd), 1999 (3rd), 2000 (3rd), 2001 (3rd), 2002 (4th), 2003 (1st), 2004 (2nd), 2005 (4th), 2006 (3rd), 2007 (3rd), 2008 (2nd), 2009 (2nd), 2010 (2nd), 2011 (3rd), 2012 (2nd), 2013 (3rd), 2014 (4th), 2015 (4th), 2016 (4th), 2017 (4th)
- Number of each finish: 1st (1), 2nd (5), 3rd (11), 4th (9), 7th (1)
Returning All-Patriot League Honorees:
- Chris Devlin – 2017 & 2016 Male Swimmer of the Meet, 2017 (1st Team), 2016 (1st Team), 2015 (1st Team)
Returning Patriot League Championships Scorers
- Mitch Buccalo
2016: 6th in 200 butterfly, 6th in 400 IM
2017: 10th in 200 butterfly, 13th in 400 IM
- Chadd Cummings
2016: 7th in 100 breaststroke, 9th in 200 breaststroke
2017: 5th in 100 breaststroke, 5th in 200 breaststroke
- Chris Devlin
2015: 1st in 400 IM, 2nd in 200 backstroke, 5th in 100 backstroke
2016: 1st in 200 backstroke, 1st in 400 IM, 4th in 200 IM
2017: 1st in 100 backstroke, 1st in 200 backstroke, 3rd in 200 IM
- Tom Gannon
2017: 11th in 200 breaststroke, 12th 100 breaststroke
- Tarik Lott
2016: 16th in 100 breaststroke
2017: 15th in 200 breaststroke
- Charlie McFarland
2016: 13th in 100 breaststroke, 14th in 100 freestyle, 15th in 200 IM
2017: 6th in 50 freestyle, 10th in 100 breaststroke
- Matt McGoey
2017: 10th 400 IM, 14th 200 butterfly
- Jimmy Rush
2017: 15th in 100 backstroke
- Sam Rutan
2015: 6th in 1,650 freestyle, 7th in 500 freestyle, 15th in 200 freestyle
2016: 9th in 1650 freestyle, 16th in 500 freestyle
2017: 11th in 1650 freestyle, 14th in 500 freestyle, 15th in 200 freestyle
Patriot League Championships Preview
The Bucknell men’s swimming & diving team has found success at the Patriot League Championships in Dan Schinnerer’s tenure as head coach. Since he took the reins ahead of the 2006-07 campaign, the Bison have finished no lower than fourth at the Patriot League championship meet, placing as high as second in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.
While Bucknell didn’t have the dual meet season Schinnerer hoped, he believes his young team has the potential to make a splash at the 2018 Patriot League Championships, which begin on Wednesday at Navy’s Lejeune Hall.
“We didn’t have the dual meet season we hoped, but we have all the pieces back in place as we head into the championship season,” Schinnerer said. “It’s going to be incumbent on our team success to have some people really step up. We definitely have some spots where we can do it. It’s a young team; they don’t have a ton of experience. So we’re going to need people to exceed expectations.”
More than any Bison, Chris Devlin enters this year’s championship meet with high expectations. Devlin was named the Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Meet in both 2016 and 2017 and owns school records in the 100 backstroke (47.74), 200 backstroke (1:43.14), 200 IM (1:48.02) and 400 IM (3:49.04). He also boasts five Patriot League individual titles in three events: the 100 backstroke (2017), 200 backstroke (2016 & 2017) and 400 IM (2015 & 2016).
“Chris has put himself in a position to be successful,” Schinnerer said. “He’s been coming on strong lately. He has to be considered the favorite in the 200 backstroke going into the meet. He has goals in the 200 IM so we’re excited to see him race in that event. He’ll have some stiff competition in the 100 backstroke as he tries to defend that title. It was a close race last year, but Chris is a great racer. On the big day, he steps up really well so we’re excited to see what he can do at his last Patriot League Championship meet.”
Chadd Cummings, who holds a school record in the 100 breaststroke (54.65) and the second-fastest time in the 200 breaststroke (2:00.19), is also expected to make an impact. Cummings placed fifth in both events at the 2017 Patriot League Championships and looked strong throughout the dual meet season.
Schinnerer highlighted Mitch Gavars, Matt McGoey and Garrett Sommer has three underclassmen to watch. Sommer has been particularly impressive during his freshman campaign, cracking Bucknell’s top 10 in both the 1-meter (7th, 259.73) and 3-meter (249.08) dives.
“Garrett can definitely be a strong contributor for us on the boards,” Schinnerer said. “Navy is very strong at the top end, but he has the ability to be a championship finalist. That would definitely be a great starting point for him in his Patriot League Championship career.”