HAMILTON, N.Y. – Ten different Bison individuals won events on Saturday to help the Bucknell men’s swimming and diving team to a 220-57 victory over Patriot League foe Colgate Saturday afternoon at Lineberry Natatorium. It was the 23rd straight win for the Bison over the Raiders as Bucknell improved to 5-1 on the year, including 4-0 against Patriot League competition.
Bucknell, which won every event on Saturday, is off to a 5-1 start for the third time in the last four years.
Louis Behnen (200 free, 200 back), Ben Seketa (100 breast, 200 breast) and Chris Ortiz (50 free, 100 free) were double winners for the Bison, while Will Rappaport captured the 100 back and touched the wall first in the 400 IM, but swam that one as an exhibition.
Collin Greene (1,000 free), Trevor Reitz (200 fly), Erik Heinemann (500 free), Mike Nicholson (100 fly), Jon Jones (one-meter diving) and Tyler Wenzel (three-meter diving) rounded out the list of individual winners.
Bucknell’s foursome of Jack Robinson, Seketa, Heinemann and Steve Grune claimed the 200 medley relay, while Nicholson, Daniel Wallace, Reitz and Matt Hadley touched the wall first in the 400 free relay that was officially recorded as an exhibition.
While Bison finished first in every event during the meet, the team’s depth also showed as Bucknell went 1-2 in all but one event and 1-2-3 in 13 of the 16 events.
Already the school record holder in four events, Nicholson moved up the program’s 100 fly top-10 list on Saturday. He won the race in a time of 50.17 seconds, which places him eighth on the all-time list after entering the day 10th.
"It was an overall good meet for both the men and women," commented eighth-year head coach Dan Schinnerer. "The meet that follows our Thanksgiving break has typically been a little tricky for us. Coming off of our big Invitational and the break, we can potentially be out of rhythm and routine, but I thought we showed that wasn't the case today for the most part."
The Bison will be idle until Jan. 4 when they host Columbia in Kinney Natatorium. Start time for that dual meet is 1 p.m.