SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Graduate student Micah Ornelas (San Diego, Calif.) won two individual events and qualified for the NCAA "B" cut to put the finishing touches on an outstanding weekend for the Bryant University men's swimming and diving team at the Gompei Invitational.
Bryant won the meet for the first time in program history, finishing with a combined score of 5,269.5 points. It was almost one thousand more than the second-place team. The Bulldogs broke 17 meet records and set five pool records over the course of three days.
Coach Cameron's Comments
"This was the perfect weekend for the Bulldogs. I could not be more pleased with all the performances! We won the invite for the first time thanks to a great team effort by all swimmers and divers. We broke a ton of meet and pool records, as well. It proves that hard work and attention to detail pays off. We are eager to get back to work and have a great training month."
How it Happened
- Andrew Allen (Bedford, N.H.) swam in the A final of the 100 free, posting a time of 47.01.
- Matthew Mays (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) continued his strong weekend with a second-place finish in the 200 back (1:49.41). Colby Dixon (Summit, N.J.) also swam in the A final, finishing 10th.
- Ornelas won the 100 IM with a time of 51.54, while Allen and Eric Bebel (Westfield, N.J.) finished 5-6.
- Tavish Boyle (Springfield, N.J.) finished third in the 50 breast with a time of 26.21.
- The men placed three in the A final of the 200 fly, with Ornelas taking first, Mays taking second and Zach DiGiaro (Middletown, N.J.) taking eighth. Ornelas made the NCAA "B" cut with his time of 1:46.05.
- The Bulldogs finished off the meet by finishing second in the 400 free relay. Ornelas, Matt Zichelli (Glen Ridge, N.J.), Mays and Allen posted a time of 3:04.38.
- Bryant also took home five of the top six spots in the synchronized diving.
The Bulldogs are off until January when they take their annual training trip. Their next dual meet is January 12 at UMass.