The Gustavus men’s swimming and diving teams tallied eight first place finishes, yet could not hold off St. Thomas in a 155-146 dual meet loss on Friday night in St. Paul, Minn. Whitaker Davis had a big night for the Gusties, as he won both the 200 butterfly (2:01.35) and 500 freestyle (4:45.70), and took second in the 100 freestyle (49.46). Whitaker was also a member of the first place 400 freestyle relay team. The Gustavus men’s team is now 2-4 on the season in head-to-head duals.
Other individual wins came from Skylar Davis, Ross Elenkiwich, Kyle Johnsrud, Paul Kirihara, and William Schultze. Skylar Davis had a solid night with a win in the 200 IM (2:00.72), and second places finishes in the 200 (1:44.89) and 500 freestyle (4:45.76). Elenkiwich won the 1000 free (10:06.60) and took third in the 200 butterfly. Johnsrud took first in the mixed 500 freestyle (5:10.81) and third in the 1000 free. Paul Kirihara contributed a win in the 100 backstroke (54.26) and a second place finish in the 200 backstroke (2:00.44). William Schultze won the 200 breaststroke (2:14.38), placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.42), and finished third in the 200 IM.
Second place Gustavus finishers included John Rice and Adam Rosell. Rice took second in the 1000 freestyle (10:26.81), and Rosell placed second in the mixed 500 freestyle (5:17.36), Taking third place at the meet was Sam DeFranco in the 50 freestyle, David Kramer in the 200 breaststroke, and Matt Van Fossen in the 100 butterfly.
The Gustavus 400 medley relay team of Whitaker, Skylar, Ben Stewart, and Lance Switzer took first with a time of 3:15.42, while the team of Elenkiwich, DeFranco Peter Roth, and Thomas Johnson finished third. Kirihara, Schultze, Van Fossen and Stewart teamed up to take second in the 400 medley relay (3:40.13).
The Gustavus men’s swimming and diving team will take part in the Minnesota Challenge at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis, Minn. on February 5-6.