BOSTON – The 2019 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Swimming & Diving Championships concluded on Sunday evening and the Husson University men's swimming & diving team finished with program best finish of third overall with 119 points.
Norwich wins for the second consecutive year after the inaugural championship meet last season. Prior to that, the Cadets had won six GNAC Invitationals before the league gained the minimum number of members to sponsor a conference championship on the men's side. Norwich tallied 317 points to finish ahead of Regis' total of 171, while Husson placed third with 119 points. Elms scored 83 points, followed by Saint Joseph's (Maine) with 70. Saint Joseph (Conn.) tallied 61 points in its first season sponsoring a men's program, followed by Colby-Sawyer's tally of 18.
The men also obliterated the program's GNAC Championship points' record, which previously stood at 72 points (2016) and it also marked the first time the men have passed the century mark at a GNAC Championship Meet.
THE RUNDOWN – PRELIMS:
- Adam Colter finished 15th in the 200 Free (2:14.85)
- Alex Miles placed 12th in the 50 Fly (29.70), fifth in the 200 Breast (3:12.87) and the 200 Fly (2:38.69) to qualify for the evening's finals.
- Tom Cote was seventh in the 100 Back (1:07.84) and third in the 200 Fly (2:29.85) to qualify for the evening's finals.
- Jordan McCoy took ninth in the 100 Back (1:10.02) and in the 50 Back (31.95).
- Steven Johnston headed into the evening's final session as the top qualifier in the 50 Free (21.84) and the second qualifier in the 50 Back (26.91).
- Dan Egan placed seventh in the 50 Free (24.22) to qualify for the evening's finals.
- Riley Saunders was 17th in the 50 Free (28.17).
- Joe Vail finished fourth in the 400 IM (4:52.08) to qualify for the evening's finals.
THE RUNDOWN – FINALS:
- Miles finished fifth in the 200 Breast (3:10.46) and sixth in the 200 Fly, an effort worth seven points.
- Johnston was the highlighted of day three finals with a pair of first place showings, including a school record time of 21.56 to break the conference mark held by former Regis swimmer Kiet Luong (2013-17) in the 50-yard freestyle. Johnston touched the wall first in the 50 Back as well with a time of 25.58, an effort worth 18 points. Both victories gave Johnston his second and third All-GNAC honors of the meet.
- Egan placed fifth in the 50 Free (24.11), an effort worth four points.
- Vail was third in the 400 IM with a new school record time of 4:45.47 to earn his second All-GNAC honor.
- Cote earned his first career All-GNAC honor with his third place finish in the 200 Fly (2:24.08), an effort worth six points.
- The group of Egan, Colter, McCoy and Miles finished fourth in the 800 Free Relay with a time of 8:59.35, an effort worth ten points.
Johnston becomes the first letterwinner in either men's or women's program history to win three events at a single GNAC Championship Meet, while finishing the meet with 27 points off those first-place swims tied for the second-most points in the meet and the most by a swimmer in HU's men's swimming & diving program history.
The Eagles return to the pool in two weeks at the 2019 New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association, which being held at the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center on the campus of MIT from February 21st - 24th.