The Gustavus men’s swimming and diving team suffered a narrow 117-119 loss to MSU, Mankato on Friday night in Mankato. Gustavus’s Skyler Davis and Bill Klein led the way as the Gusties posted seven first place finishes. Davis won the 200-yard freestyle (2:04.14) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:46.43), as Klein won both the one-meter (176.15) and three-meter diving (191.05) .
Whitaker Davis had a big night as he claimed first place in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:53.65) and second place in the 100-yard freestyle (49.23). Matt Van Fossen finished first in the 100-yard butterfly (53.09), and Paul Kirihara placed first in the 100-yard backstroke (54.76). John Rice and William Schultze also contributed valuable points as they both placed second in two events. Rice in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:31.86) and 500-yard freestyle (5:04.55), and Schultze in the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.14) and 100-yard backstroke (1:01.88).
The Gustavus relay teams had a strong showing, ending the night with two second place finishes and one third place finish. Kirihara, Schultze, Van Fossen, and Sam DeFranco teamed up and finished second in the 200-yard medley relay (140.58). Peter Roth, Thomas Johnson, Whitaker Davis, and Matt Van Fossen placed second in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:31.16), as Defranco, Dave Najarian, Ben Stewart, and Gunnar Teigen followed in third place (1:32.56).
Gustavus will face St. Cloud State University in a dual meet on Saturday at 1:00pm in the Gustavus Natatorium.