SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Three Bison freshmen scored their first collegiate victories during the Bucknell men's swimming & diving team's meet against Bryant Friday night at Chace Athletic Center Pool.

Mitch Gavars raced to a pair of first-place finishes in the 500 freestyle (4:49.32) and the 1,000 freestyle (9:51.49).

Kevin Adams-Mardi (50 freestyle, 22.27) and Nico Pagni (200 IM, 2:00.26) also topped the podium for the first time. Pagni added a runner-up finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:11.74).

Kevin Flynn finished second in both the 100 backstroke (54.59) and 200 backstroke (1:57.45) while Jacob Lubinski was the runner-up in the 100 butterfly (53.31) and 200 butterfly (1:58.48).

Matt Rakovec took second to Gavars in the 500 freestyle, touching the wall in 4:50.70.

Garrett Sommer posted a score of 249.08 in the 3-meter dive, moving up a spot to eighth in program history. He previously cracked Bucknell's top-10 by taking the ninth spot with a score of 233.63 against UMBC on Sept. 30.

The Bison ultimately fell to the host Bulldogs, 199-89. They return to the pool tomorrow when they begin Patriot League action at Boston University. The first event is set for 1:30 p.m.

First Place:
Kevin Adams-Mardi - 50 freestyle, 22.27
Mitch Gavars - 500 freestyle, 4:49.32
Mitch Gavars - 1,000 freestyle, 9:51.49
Nico Pagni - 200 IM, 2:00.26

Second Place:
Kevin Flynn - 100 backstroke, 54.59
Kevin Flynn - 200 backstroke, 1:57.45
Jacob Lubinski - 100 butterfly, 53.31
Jacob Lubinski - 200 butterfly, 1:58.48
Nico Pagni - 200 breaststroke, 2:11.74
Matt Rakovec - 500 freestyle. 4:50.70

Third Place:
Jacob Lubinski - 200 IM, 2:04.63
Nico Pagni - 100 breaststroke, 1:01.61
Matt Rakovec - 200 freestyle, 1:48.17
Garrett Sommer - one-meter diving, 232.94
Garrett Sommer - three meter diving, 249.08
Kevin Flynn, Nico Pagni, Jacob Lubinski Kevin Adams-Mardi - 200 medley relay, 1:38.43
Nate Romanowski, Kevin Adams-Mardi, Mitch Gavars, Matt Rakovec - 400 freestyle relay, 3:18.45