Men's Swimming & Diving Continues Action At Patriot League Championship

John Vatalaro

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Senior Brian Power (Southport, Conn.) broke his own school record in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 medley relay team comprised of sophomore Thomas Horigan (West Hartford, Conn.), Power, freshman Tyler Wright (Waterboro, Maine) and junior Jan Yburan (Livingston, N.J.) also set a new all-time school best mark as the Holy Cross men's swimming and diving team finished day two of competition at the Patriot League Championship on Friday. Power touched the wall in the prelims in 57.43 seconds, knocking .99 seconds off his previous record setting pace. The medley relay team finished at 1:37.29, nearly 1.5 seconds ahead of the former school record.

Power's record breaking performance qualified him for the night session, where he finished 12th overall in the event with a time of 57.51 seconds. Wright also qualified as an alternate for the night session in the 100 butterfly, finishing 17th in the preliminary with a time of 52.25. Sophomore Jack Swain (West Hartford, Conn.) also earned a 17th place finish and qualified as an alternate in the 100 breaststroke, setting a personal best time of 59.10 seconds.

Sophomore Michael Brower (Falling Waters, W.Va.) set a career-best mark in the 100 butterfly at 52.90 seconds, followed by fellow classmate Jake McLaughlin (Erie, Pa.) who also set a personal best in the event with a time of 57.79. McLaughlin also improved his career time in the 100 breast, touching the wall at 1:06.59.

Four other Crusaders achieved new personal best standards on day two. Senior Ned Supple (Needham, Mass.) finished the 200 freestyle in 1:48.47 while junior Kevin O'Connor (Ridgewood, N.J.) and senior John Vatalaro (Strongsville, Ohio) finished behind Supple with times of 1:52.17 and 1:54.23, respectively. Horigan swam the 100 backstroke in 55.84 seconds.

Navy leads the team competition with 655 points, followed by Army (436) and Bucknell (359.5). The final day of the Patriot League Championship will begin tomorrow, Feb. 23, with preliminaries starting at 10:30 a.m.