LEWISBURG, Pa. – Junior Chris Devlin was named the Male Swimmer of the Meet for the second consecutive year while leading the Bucknell men’s swimming and diving team to a fourth-place finish at the Patriot League Championships on Saturday at Kinney Natatorium.
Devlin wrapped up the four-day event with a title in the 200 back, winning the event for the second straight year after taking second as a freshman. Already the school record holder in the event with a time of 1:43.13, he won Saturday’s race in 1:43.86. The result of the race was never in doubt as the runner-up swimmer from Boston University finished in 1:45.41. Bucknell’s Jack Robinson was sixth.
Devlin won the league title in both the 100 back and 200 back this weekend, giving him five individual titles during his three-year career. That ties him with Don Steenson ’92 and Jerry Thimme ’66 for the 10th most individual golds at Bucknell. Devlin joins Jay Gross ’93 as the only Bucknell men’s swimmer to earn Male Swimmer of the Meet honors twice.
In addition to the two first-place finishes, Devlin added a third-place finish in the 200 IM. In all, he set two individual school records (200 IM, 100 back) and led off two record-breaking relays (200 medley relay, 400 medley relay).
Senior Louis Behnen turned in a runner-up finish in the 1,650 free in his last Patriot League Championships as a Bison swimmer. He touched the wall in 15:21.18, good enough for the second fastest time in program history and an NCAA “B” qualifying standard. His time of 9:16.63 at the 1000 split was also the second fastest at Bucknell. Sam Rutan was 11th in the event, while Sean Lyons was two spots back in 13th.
Sophomore Chadd Cummings, who broke the school’s 100 breast record on Friday, posted another program top-10 time while taking fifth in the 200 breast. He finish in 2:00.19, good enough for second on the school’s all-time list. Tom Gannon (11th), Sam Mackie (12th), and Tarik Lott (15th) also scored in the event.
The Bison had four scorers in the 200 fly, led by sophomore Mitch Buccalo in 10th. Senior Denver Freeman recorded the ninth-fastest time (1:51.34) in Bucknell history while taking 11th. Freshman Matt McGoey was 14th, and senior Sean Lyons took 16th.
Navy won the team title with 846 points, and was followed by Army West Point (786) and Boston University (498.5) in second and third. Bucknell was fourth in the 10-team meet with 429 points.
The Bison will have a two-week break before competing at the ECAC Championships in Annapolis on March 3-5.
1650 free -- 2nd, 15:21.18
100 free prelims -- 37th, 47.94
200 fly prelims -- 10th, 1:51.04
200 fly -- 10th, 1:51.05
200 breast prelims -- 5th, 2:00.53
200 breast -- 5th, 2:00.19
200 back prelims -- 6th, 1:47.83
200 back -- 1st, 1:43.86
200 back prelims -- 17th, 1:56.20
100 free prelims -- 25th, 46.98
200 fly prelims -- 12th, 1:51.34
200 fly -- 11th, 1:51.79
200 breast prelims -- 11th, 2:06.33
200 breast -- 11th, 2:05.59
200 breast prelims -- 13th, 2:06.68
200 breast -- 15th, 2:07.93
1650 free - 13th, 16:12.70
200 fly prelims -- 16th, 1:54.34
200 fly -- 16th, 1:57.66
200 breast prelims -- 12th, 2:06.39
200 breast -- 12th, 2:06.14
100 free prelims -- 17th, 46.13
200 fly prelims -- 14th, 1:53.69
200 fly -- 14th, 1:53.51
200 back prelims -- 7th, 1:47.85
200 back -- 6th, 1:48.82
100 free prelims -- 30th, 47.46
100 free prelims -- 22nd, 46.68
1650 free -- 11th, 16:12.06
400 free relay
Robinson, McFarland, McGoey, Devlin -- 5th, 3:02.24