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Mike Nicholson
Mike Nicholson
Courtesy: Marc Hagemeier
Men's Swimming & Diving in First Place After Day One of Bucknell Invitational
Release:   11/22/2013

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Mike Nicholson (200 IM), Louis Behnen (500 free) and the 200 free relay squad posted victories for the Bucknell men’s swimming and diving team Friday on day one of the Bucknell Invitational at Kinney Natatorium. Thanks to wins in three of the six contested events, the Bison are in first place, three points ahead of second-place Yale.

Bucknell piled up 425.5 points Friday. The Bulldogs have 422.5, while no other squad in the nine-team field has more than 300 points.

In addition to the three victories, three program top-10 marks were set by Behnen and both the 200 free and 400 medley relays. Sixteen different Bison scored points in individual events Friday.

Behnen was one of six Bison to score in the 500 free as he touched the wall first in 4:28.43, 1.67 seconds ahead of the runner-up and the No. 3 mark in school annals. That time was more than five seconds better than his prelim time that also ranked in the top 10 in program history. Brian Phillips (7th), George Beatty (12th), Jack Robinson (14th), Erik Heinemann (17th) and Jeff Shanley (21st) also scored in the 500 free.

Nicholson matched Behnen victory with a win in the 200 IM. He was one of three Bucknell swimmers in the “A” final as Will Rappaport was fifth and Ben Seketa eighth. Wes Marberry was 18th, rounding out the list of Bison scorers.

Bucknell also had three “A” finalists in the 50 free with Steve Grune leading the way, finishing third. Chris Ortiz (7th) and Matt Hadley (8th) were the other “A” finalists, while Trevor Reitz (11th) and JT Nangle (19th) also scored points.

Grune, Hadley, Ortiz and Reitz combined to win the 200 free relay in the No. 8 time (1:22.65) in program history, while Robinson, Seketa, Nicholson and Hadley finished second in the 400 medley relay in the No. 8 time (3:22.23) in school history.

Tyler Wenzel advanced to the finals of three-meter diving and finished eighth to top the three Bison divers in the field.

The three-day Bucknell Invitational will continue Saturday with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Team Scores
1. Bucknell – 425.5
2. Yale – 422.5
3. La Salle – 256
4. Binghamton – 239
5. Georgetown – 201
6. Delaware – 197
7. Fordham – 188
8. Penn State – 74
9. Susquehanna - 59

New Top-10 Times
500 free (3. Louis Behnen – 4:28.43)
200 free relay (8. Grune, Haldey, Ortiz, Reitz – 1:22.65)
400 medley relay (8. Robinson, Seketa, Nicholson, Hadley – 3:22.23)

Bucknell Results
Patrick Alvermann
3-M diving prelims – 15th, 192.85

George Beatty
500 free prelims – 11th, 4:39.22
500 free finals – 12th, 4:37.87

Louis Behnen
500 free prelims – 3rd, 4:33.90
500 free finals – 1st, 4:28.43

Denver Freeman
500 free prelims – 26th, 4:45.26

Collin Greene
500 free prelims – 25th, 4:45.22

Steve Grune
50 free prelims – 2nd, 20.95
50 free finals – 3rd, 21.12

Cameron Hackett
500 free prelims – 34th, 4:51.44

Matt Hadley
50 free prelims – t-6th, 21.25
50 free finals – 8th, 21.39

Erik Heinemann
500 free prelims – 17th, 4:41.65
500 free finals – 17th, 4:40.41

Edward Jew
200 IM prelims – 49th, 2:02.18

Jon Jones
3-M diving prelims – 9th, 227.60

Sean Lyons
500 free prelims – 31st, 4:49.30

Wes Marberry
200 IM prelims – 20th, 1:56.90
200 IM finals – 18th, 1:55.37
50 free prelims – 38th, 22.29

JT Nangle
50 free prelims – t-18th, 21.76
50 free finals – t-19th, 21.70

Mike Nicholson
200 IM prelims – 1st, 1:50.84
200 IM finals – 1st, 1:49.56

Chris Ortiz
50 free prelims – 8th, 21.29
50 free finals – 7th, 21.36

Tim Perley
200 IM prelims – 34th, 1:58.21
50 free prelims – 55th, 23.19

Brian Phillips
500 free prelims – t-6th, 4:37.14
500 free finals – 7th, 4:36.98

Will Rappaport
200 IM prelims – 4th, 1:53.62
200 IM finals – 5th, 1:54.01

Trevor Reitz
50 free prelims – 11th, 21.40
50 free finals – 11th, 21.39

Jack Robinson
500 free prelims – 13th, 4:39.91
500 free finals – 14th, 4:38.10

Ben Seketa
200 IM prelims – 8th, 1:54.81
200 IM finals – 8th, 1:56.08

Jeff Shanley
500 free prelims – 22nd, 4:43.47
500 free finals – 21st, 4:44.84

Daniel Wallace
50 free prelims – 28th, 21.89

Tyler Wenzel
3-M diving prelims – 8th, 228.50
3-M diving finals – 8th, 227.15

200 free relay
Grune, Hadley, Ortiz, Reitz – 1st, 1:22.65
Wallace, Nangle, Marberry, Hackett – 12th, 1:27.57
Freeman, Jew, Lyons, Greene – 18th, 1:32.11

400 medley relay
Robinson, Seketa, Nicholson, Hadley – 2nd, 3:22.23
Behnen, Perley, Heinemann, Reitz – 10th, 3:27.87
Rappaport, Marberry, Ortiz, Wallace – 11th, 3:31.66

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