LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell men’s swimming added three school records Thursday while competing in the second day of competition at the Patriot League Championships at Kinney Natatorium. Junior Chris Devlin had a hand in all three, setting a new top mark in the 200 IM, as well as the 100 back while leading off the record-breaking 400 medley relay.
The Bison, who rank fourth out of 10 in the team standings with 158 points, have broken four school records through the first two days, including the 200 medley relay on Wednesday. Devlin also led off that relay.
Devlin’s first record on Thursday came while taking third in the 200 IM. His time of 1:48.02 was more than a second faster than the NCAA “B” qualifying standard and bested the previous school record of 1:48.16 by Mike Nicholson at the 2014 Patriot League Championships. The top five swimmers in the event had “B” standard times, including champion Peter Mikheyev (Army West Point) in 1:47.33. Also scoring in the event for Bucknell was sophomore Mitch Buccalo in 16th.
Bucknell’s final two records came in the final event of the day as the Bison took fourth in the 400 medley relay. Devlin, Chadd Cummings, Denver Freeman, and Jack Robinson turned in the fastest time in program history in 3:18.27. The old record of 3:18.52 was set last year and also included Devlin, Cummings, and Robinson. Devlin led off with a 48.06 in the 100 back, besting his own record of 48.26 set at last year’s championship meet.
Devlin will have a chance to break the record yet again when the 100 back is held on Friday.
Sophomore Charlie McFarland added a program top-10 time while taking sixth in the 50 free. His faster time came in the prelims, where he touched the wall in 20.47, good enough for fifth on Bucknell’s all-time list.
Senior Louis Behnen, who like Devlin is a returning First Team All-Patriot League selection, took third in the 500 free. Already Bucknell’s record holder in the event, Behnen went 4:25.04 on Thursday. Freeman was also in the “A” final and took sixth, while junior Sam Rutan made the night swim and finished 14th.
Navy leads the team standings with 275 points, while Army West Point is second with 246. Boston University (205.5) is one spot ahead of Bucknell, while Lehigh (150.5) sits one spot behind.
Competition resumes Friday with the 400 IM prelims at 10 a.m.
500 free prelims -- 3rd, 4:28.50
500 free finals -- 3rd, 4:25.04
50 free prelims -- 20th, 21.23
200 IM prelims -- 16th, 1:51.81
200 IM finals -- 16th, 1:53.41
200 IM prelims -- 19th, 1:53.27
200 IM prelims -- 4th, 1:48.22
200 IM finals -- 3rd, 1:48.02
500 free prelims -- 30th, 4:50.62
500 free prelims -- 7th, 4:31.90
500 free finals -- 6th, 4:33.70
200 IM prelims -- 22nd, 1:54.99
50 free prelims -- 37th, 22.07
50 free prelims -- 6th, 20.47
50 free finals -- 6th, 20.51
200 IM prelims -- 18th, 1:52.50
50 free prelims -- 32nd, 21.81
50 free prelims -- 21st, 21.24
500 free prelims -- 13th, 4:34.29
500 free finals -- 14th, 4:33.99
400 medley relay
Devlin, Cummings, Freeman, Robinson -- 4th, 3:18.27