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Bulldogs to send four to 2017 AT&T Winter National Championships

Photo by: DSPics.com
Photo by: DSPics.com

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Four Bryant University men's swimmers will swim on the national stage starting Thursday night at the 2017 AT&T Winter National Championships, hosted by USA Swimming and held on the campus of Ohio State at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Seniors Ben Schulte (Tumon, Guam) and Tavish Boyle (Springfield, N.J.) will both be swimming the 100 breast and 200 breast events. Junior Colin Curtin (Wethersfield, Conn.) is in the 100 back and freshman Matthew Mays (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) will swim in three events: the 100 back, 200 back and 200 fly.

Schulte enters the meet as the highest seeded Bulldog is any event, entering the 100 breast ranked 17th with a seed time of 54.49. He is seeded 26th in the 200 breast with an entry time of 1:59.89.

Boyle is slated 27th in the 100 breast and 32nd in the 200 breast with seed times of 55.37 and 2:00.88, respectively.

Curtin's lone event is the 100 back, a race he has won four times in five tries during the 2017-18 campaign.

Mays is not on the psych sheet released by USA Swimming, but his times in the three events all rank in the Top 5 in the MAAC this season. His 100 back (52.05) puts him fourth in the conference, while his 200 back (1:52.43) is second and his 200 fly (1:52.94) leads the league.

The 100 breast and 100 back will be Friday, with the breaststroke prelims at 10:23 a.m. and the backstroke starting at 10:42 a.m.

The 200 back, 200 breast and 200 fly will be Saturday. The 200 back begins at 9:14 a.m., the 200 breast event is slated for 9:58 a.m. and the 200 fly is scheduled for 10:20 a.m.

If any swimmers qualify, the finals will be held in the evening of the same day.