The Gustavus men’s swimming and diving team finished in fifth place with 389 points at the two-day UW-Stevens Point Invitational Friday and Saturday in Stevens Point, Wisc. Weather forced the Gusties to leave Stevens Point on Friday and as a result the team only competed in one-day of the two-day event. Skylar Davis registered the only two Gustavus wins by taking the 500 (4:44.70) and 1650 freestyle (16:31.52). Finishing second behind Skylar in both races was Whitaker Davis with times of 4:46.58 (500 free) and 16:42.82 (1650 free). Wisconsin schools swept the podium as UW-Stevens Point took first (1123 pts), UW-Whitewater placed second (648 pts), and UW-La Crosse finished third (517 pts).
Ross Elenkiwich and Paul Kirihara were the other top Gustavus finishers, as Elenkiwich placed second in the 200 butterfly (2:04.58) and fifth in the 200 freestyle (4:59.00), while Kirihara took third in the 100 backstroke (54.89). William Schultze had a solid weekend with a piar of fourth place finishes in the 200 IM (2:03.66) and 200 breaststroke (2:15.57).
Other top Gustavus swimmers included John Rice, Ben Stewart, and Andrew Michelson. Rice placed fourth in the 1650 freestyle (17:27.63) and eighth in the 500 freestyle (5:01.77). Stewart took seventh in the 200 butterfly (2:11.39) and 10th in the 500 freestyle (4:55.60). Michelson finished sixth in the 200 butterfly (2:11.37).
Rounding out the team standings was UW-Eau Claire in fourth (452 pts), Minnesota State University in sixth (234 pts), and UW-Oshkosh in seventh (36 pts).
The Gustavus men’s swimming and diving team will hit the water again on Jan. 29, as it takes on St. Thomas in a dual at 6:30 p.m in St. Paul, Minn.