Men’s Swimming : Men’s Swimming Surges to Lead with Gold-Medal Performances

GETTYSBURG COLLEGE
GETTYSBURG COLLEGE

Junior Jack Edelson ’21 (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Senior) and freshman Nick Cox ’23 (Purcellville, Va./Ponte Vedra) each captured gold medals and Gettysburg College surged to the top of the team standings on day three of the Centennial Conference Swimming Championships in the Bullets Pool.
 
Team Standings
1. Gettysburg, 548
2. Franklin & Marshall, 533
3. Swarthmore, 479
4. Dickinson, 320
5. Washington, 200.5
6. McDaniel, 121.5
 
Gettysburg’s Top Performers

  • 200 Freestyle Relay – 2nd (1:22.79)

  • 400 Individual Medley

  • 100 Butterfly

  • 200 Freestyle

  • 100 Breaststroke

    • Oliver Yancey ’21 – 2nd (57.37)
    • Zac Evans ’23 (Egg Harbor Township, N.J./Egg Harbor Township) – 5th (58.57)
  • 100 Backstroke

    • Nick Cox ’23 – 1st (50.56)
    • Jeff Ragatz ’20 (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) – 4th (51.00)

 
 
Meet Highlights

  • Gettysburg opened the night session by claiming the top spot over Franklin & Marshall in the consolation final of the 200 free relay, but the order flipped in the championship heat. The Diplomats held off the Bullets to post an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:21.47.
  • Senior Josh Parker (Millington, N.J./Watchung Hills) secured another consolation heat win for the Bullets in the 400 IM, finishing with a time of 4:20.29. Will Freeman from Dickinson reclaimed the title he won in 2018 at 4:03.15, while Pickering placed sixth overall with a mark of 4:11.37.
  • Edelson became the first Gettysburg swimmer to break 50 seconds in the 100 fly during the preliminaries. The junior churned through the water in 49.93 to claim the top seed and he carried the momentum into the finals, leading from start-to-finish and posting a mark of 50.14 to become the Bullets’ first 100 fly champ since Matt Libby ’10 in 2010. Nonemaker secured bronze with a time of 50.83.
  • Proxmire bested his PR for the second time in as many individual events with a time of 1:42.12 in the prelims of the 200 free. He finished tied for sixth alongside F&M’s Willem Stoll with a mark of 1:42.99 in the finals. Swarthmore’s Alec Menzer and F&M’s Chris Schiavone dueled for the top spot with Menzer touching first in a new championship record time of 1:38.82. Junior Danny Petrillo (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) won the consolation heat with a time of 1:42.64.
  • Yancey turned in the second-fastest time in program history in the 100 breaststroke at 55.37, but Tom Graminski from Franklin & Marshall took the gold with a championship record and national qualifying time of 55.63. Yancey grabbed his second individual silver medal of the meet. Evans turned in a strong showing in his first finals appearance, finishing fifth in 58.57.
  • Gettysburg closed the night with four of the top 10 performances in the 100 back. Cox, who posted in the second-fastest 100 back split (50.37) at Gettysburg in the 400 medley relay Friday night, became the program’s first 100-back champ since Mike Harmon ’15 in 2015 by just out-touching Alec Wahl from F&M with a time of 50.56. Ragatz just missed a medal, placing fourth in the 100 back for the third time in his career with a time of 51 seconds flat.

 
By the Numbers

  • Gettysburg, Franklin & Marshall, and Swarthmore are poised for one of the closest 1-2-3 team finishes in CC history. Only 69 points separate the three teams in the standings heading into the final day. The smallest margin between the top three teams at the conference championship was 109.5 points in 2011 with Gettysburg winning (736.5) ahead of F&M (663) and Swarthmore (627). That was also the first CC Championships meet held at the Bullets Pool.
  • The closest margin of victory in the CC Championships is 17 by F&M in 2000 (over Gettysburg) and Gettysburg in 2003 (over F&M).
  • Through 12 events, Gettysburg has recorded two golds, seven silvers, and one bronze.
  • The Bullets are seeking their 16th conference title and eighth since 2011 on Sunday. Franklin & Marshall (8) and Swarthmore (2) are the only other Centennial schools to claim team titles.

 
Next Up
The 2020 Centennial Conference Swimming Championships conclude Sunday with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The morning includes prelims in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and opening heats of the 1,650 free. The night session opens with the finals of the 1,650 followed by finals in the aforementioned events. The CC meet finishes up with the 400 freestyle relay. Following the conclusion of the meet, team champions will be crowned along with the naming of Most Outstanding Performer, Outstanding Rookie Performer, and Coach of the Year.

This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

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