CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Bucknell's Chris Devlin and Matt McGoey were honored on the 2018 All-Patriot League Men's Swim & Diving Team on the strength of their performance at the league's championship meet.
Devlin captured First Team accolades for the fourth-straight season while McGoey earned a spot on the second team, his first All-Patriot League laurel. The duo combined to score 83 points for the Bison, who earned a third-place finish, their highest since the 2013 campaign.
Devlin, the 2017 and 2016 Swimmer of the Meet, was previously recognized as the top point scorer among the Patriot League's Class of 2018. He was the only member of his class to earn First Team laurels during each of his four seasons of collegiate competition.
Devlin's gold medal in this year's 200 backstroke, his third in a row, was the sixth of his collegiate career; he also won the 400 IM in 2015 and 2016 and the 100 backstroke in 2017. His six conference titles slots him in a tie for fifth in Bucknell history; he is also one of only three swimmers to capture at least four Patriot League crowns.
With his 2018 gold in the 200 backstroke (1:43.93), Devlin joined Bucknell Hall of Famer Jay Gross as the only Bison in the Patriot League era to win an event three-straight times. Gross accomplished the feat in both the 50 free and 100 butterfly from 1991 to 1993.
At the 2018 Patriot League Championships, Devlin also scored in the 100 backstroke (4th, 48.83) and the 200 IM (9th, 1:48.35). In addition, he led off three third-place relay teams: the 200 medley (1:29.78), 400 medley (3:16.51) and 800 freestyle (6:38.27). The 400 medley team broke Bucknell's school record.
McGoey was a breakout performer for the Bison. The sophomore scored in the 200 IM (4th, 1:47.84), 400 IM (4th, 3:52.96) and 200 butterfly (9th, 1:49.38), clocking a Bucknell top-four time in each. His time in the 200 IM was good for first in school history; he became the first Bison to touch the wall faster than 1:48.00 in that event.
McGoey was also a member of the 200 freestyle relay team that clocked the second-fastest time (1:21.88) in school history en route to a fourth-place finish. He and Devlin also teamed with Charlie McFarland and Vince Filippini for a fourth-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay, the final event of the meet, to help Bucknell hold off Boston University for third in the team standings.
Devlin, McGoey and the Bison return to action this weekend at the ECAC Championships in New Brunswick, N.J.