Men’s swimming off to great start

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The Gannon University men’s swimming and diving squad started its season on a high note this weekend with two first-place finishes at Westminster College and Tiffin University.
On Friday, the team headed to Westminster for its first meet of the season and placed first among four teams with a total score of 116. Edinboro finished second with 102 points.
The Knights placed first in 3×100-yard butterfly relay and backstroke, the 3×500 freestyle relay, the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Sophomore Allan Collins was involved in three of the Gannon wins and junior Michael Weiser and senior Matt Loughner were on two of the winning fleets.
According to Collins, the Westminster meet was a huge success for the Knights because they finished third in the meet last year.
“Everyone was really giving it their all; everyone produced some great results and as a team we are setting ourselves up for great success,” Collins said.
The next morning, the Knights hopped back on the bus and rolled down to Tiffin, Ohio, to take on the Dragons.
After the waters settled, Gannon came out on top with a 51-46 win.
The Knights had four first-place finishes, two of which were individual feats.
Weiser won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.18 seconds and junior Cole Davis took the 100 butterfly in 53.92 seconds.
Both of those marks were PSAC qualifying times, as was freshman Bryce Ebel’s 54.69 mark in the 100 butterfly.
In the relays, Gannon earned gold in the 400 freestyle and 400 medley, with Weiser and Collins taking part in both.
The Knights will hit the water next in their first home meet of the season at Carneval Athletic Pavilion at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, against Bloomsburg.

BRANDON JACES
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