KINGSTON, R.I. - The Husson University men's swimming & diving wrapped up the four-day New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship in record setting fashion on Sunday at the University of Rhode Island.
Senior Grant Gerber set the tone early when he record a time of 49.79 seconds as he eclipsed his previous HU mark of 49.92 seconds set at the 2015 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Invitational meet to qualify in ninth place for Sunday's evening final session. Then Gerber re-broke the record with a time of 49.75 seconds in the finals. His tenth place finish help him obliterated the program's NEISDA Championship record for the most points scored by an individual performer with 28, which previously stood at 20 by Tim Smith (2015).
HU's 400 Free Relay squad featuring Gerber, sophomore Alex Miles, junior Colin Vidas and freshman Evan Vidas set the program record with a time of 3:40.18, knocking off E. Crocker, George Gendron, Bob Wheeler and Mike Czesnowski's 1971 mark of 3.41.60.
The Eagles finished 11th in the team standings with 78 points. It marked the highest placing and the most team points scored in the HU men's program history.
Roger Williams University took home the crown with 823 points while Norwich University (590), Brandeis University (563), Keene State College (482) and Bridgewater State University (470) round out the top five.
In all told, the HU men's swimming diving team recorded one All-NEISDA performance and broke six school records during the four-day championship meet.
THE RUNDOWN - PRELIMS:
- Gerber finished 9th in the 100 Free (49.79)
THE RUNDOWN - FINALS:
- Gerber was 10th in the 100 Free (49.75), an effort worth 7 points.
- Gerber, Miles, C. Vidas, E. Vidas combined to post a 10th place finish in the 400 Free Relay with a time of 3:40.18, an effort worth 14 points.
This will conclude the 2016-17 campaign for the Husson University men's swimming & diving team.