Men's Swimming & Diving Comes Home in Fourth at the GNAC Invitational; Five School Records Fall

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

BOSTON, Mass. – The 2016 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Swimming & Diving Invitational concluded on Sunday evening with the Husson University men's swimming & diving team finishing fourth overall for the second-straight season with 72 points.

Records highlighted day two for the men as the Eagles set three individual school records, one relay school record, while obliterating the program's GNAC Invitational points' record, which previously stood at 71 points (2014).

Senior Grant Gerber set the tone early for the men when he was clocked in at 28.48 in his prelim swim of the 50 Breast to erase his former mark by .43 hundredths of a second before shattering it once again in his evening swim allowing him to post the winning time of 28.71, earning him All-GNAC honors. With the win, Gerber became the first male swimmer in program history to earn two career All-GNAC honors, joining his former teammate Tim Smith as the only Eagles in the history of the program to capture GNAC individual titles and honors in consecutive years.

In his final swim of the weekend and the final event of the meet, Gerber not only helped Husson set a new school record in the 800-Free relay with Evan Vidas, Ben Volpone and Adam Colter but he led off the relay with a 1:55.35 erasing his former mark in the 200 Free (1:59.62) by four-plus seconds.

Alex Miles would come away with the third and final individual mark of the day in the 400 IM with a time of 5:39.40 in his prelim swim.

Norwich University captured its sixth GNAC Invitational crown in as many years with 391 points, while Regis College finished as runners-up with 214 points, Elms was third with 136 points and Saint Joseph's College of Maine (44) was fifth to rounded out this year's men's field.

Overall, the Husson men's team featured five individuals who combined to compete in ten finals races and four relay races with eight top-five performances.

THE RUNDOWN - PRELIMS:

  • Grant Gerber was the top qualifier in the 50 Breast (28.48) and placed third in the 100 Free (50.29).
  • Colin Vidas placed 11th in the 50 Breast (34.10) and 22nd in the 100 Free (1:01.23).
  • Josh DeNicola finished 12th in the 50 Breast (39.55) and seventh in the 200 Breast (3:06.79).
  • Alex Miles took eighth in the 100 Back (1:15.27) and third in the 400 IM (5:39.40).
  • Ben Volpone tied for 18th in the 100 Free (57.06).
  • Evan Vidas was 20th in the 100 Free (58.24).
  • Adam Colter placed tenth in the 1000 Free (13:07.79) and 21st in the 100 Free (1:01.23).

THE RUNDOWN - FINALS:

  • The quartet of Volpone, DeNicola, Miles and C. Vidas combined to post a fifth-place finish in the 200-Medley relay (2:05.00), an effort worth 8 points.
  • Gerber won the 50 Breast (28.71) and was fourth in the 100 Free (50.27), an effort worth 14 points.
  • Miles finished eighth in the 100 Back (1:17.46) and third in the 400 IM (5:41.26), an effort worth 7 points.
  • DeNicola placed seventh in the 200 Breast (3:07.07), an effort worth 2 points.
  • Gerber, E. Vidas, Volpone and Colter swam together to post a fourth-place finish in the 800-Free relay (8:31.94), an effort worth 10 points.

The Eagles will return to pool on January 14, 2017 swimming in an exhibition meet, when the women's team hosts Rhode Island College for a 12 p.m. dual meet.