LEWISBURG, Pa. – The 2017 Patriot League Swimming & Diving Championships began Wednesday night at Kinney Natatorium, and the Bucknell men’s swimming and diving team broke a school record in the first swimming event of the meet. The record was broken in the 200 medley relay, while the team’s 800 free relay clocked in with the fourth-fastest time in program history.
Bucknell, which is hosting the event at Kinney Natatorium for the eighth time, is in second place in the team standings through just two events. A short schedule of just the two relays were contested on Wednesday, the first day of the four-day meet.
The 200 medley relay of Chris Devlin, Chadd Cummings, James Elmendorf, and Charlie McFarland finished in second place, breaking the school record in the process. They finished in 1:29.52, eclipsing the old record of 1:30.20 set at the 2014 Patriot League Championships. Army West Point won the event, breaking the Kinney Natatorium record with a time of 1:27.97. The previous record of 1:28.12 was also set by Army in 2013.
The 800 free relay placed third in its race in 6:37.26, good enough for fourth on the school’s all-time list. Making up the Bison relay team were Louis Behnen, Jack Robinson, Vince Filippini, and Devlin. Three of those swimmers --- Behnen, Robinson, and Devlin – are returning All-Patriot League selections.
The Patriot League Championships will continue Thursday. Prelims begin at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. Diving will take place at 1 p.m.
1. Army West Point – 80
2. Bucknell – 66
3. Boston University – 60
4. Lehigh – 58
5. Loyola – 52
6. Colgate – 50
7. Holy Cross – 42
8. American – 36
9. Navy – 34
10. Lafayette -- 26
New Top-10 Marks
200 medley relay (1. Devlin, Cummings, Elmendorf, McFarland – 1:29.52)
800 free relay (4. Behnen, Robinson, Filippini, Devlin – 6:37.26)