LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell men's swimming and diving started off a busy weekend with a home meet against West Virginia on Friday night at Kinney Natatorium, falling to the Mountaineers 156-83. Senior Louis Behnen was a two-event winner for the Bison, while junior Chris Devlin added one first-place finish.
Friday’s meet was the first of two in less than 24 hours for Bucknell. It returns to the pool Saturday at noon to host the Bison Invite. They will be joined at the event by American, Lafayette, Seton Hall, and Shippensburg.
Behnen took first in the 400 IM and the 500 free, finishing ahead of West Virginia’s James Koval, a two-time Second Team All-Big 12 selection, in both races. He touched the wall in 4:02.43 in the 400 IM, which was his fastest time in the event this season and the second fastest by any Bison swimmer on the year. He won the 500 free by more than six seconds with a time of 4:35.11.
Devlin won the 200 back for the 14th consecutive race, finishing first with a time of 1:50.17. Senior Jack Robinson was the runner-up. Devlin added a second-place showing in the 200 free.
The Bison also had one runner-up relay. Robinson, Matt McGoey, Behnen, and McFarland teamed up to take second in the 400 free relay.
Bucknell dropped to 4-6 overall. The Bison and Mountaineers were competing head-to-head for the first time since 1964.