The Gustavus men’s swimming and diving team had a successful meet at the Falcon Invite held this weekend at the Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Whitaker Davis highlighted the meet with four event wins over the weekend. No team scores were kept at the meet.
Davis dominated freestyle races, winning the 200 (1:43.78), 500 (4:39.53), and 1650 (16:23.47). He also added a win in the 400 IM with a time of 4:15.32. Billy Schultze was the other top Gustavus swimmer, recording wins in the 100 (1:00.00) and 200 breaststroke (2:11.38). Schultze also took second in the 200 IM (1:57.62) and third in the 100 freestyle.
Paul Kirihara added a pair of victories in the backstroke, winning the 100 with a time of 53.49 and the 200 with a time of 1:58.94. John Rice finished runner-up in the 500 freestyle (4:55.76) and third in the 1650 freestyle (17:07.42). Matt Van Fossen and Sam DeFranco each added second place finishes. Van Fossen in the 100 butterfly (52.57) and DeFranco in the 50 freestyle (21.76).
Third place finishers included Zach Nachtsheim, Gunnar Teigen, and Craig Nordquist. Nachtsheim in the 100 backstroke, Teigen in the 200 backstroke, and Nordquist in the 400 IM.
The Gustavus 200 medley relay team won with a time of 1:36.29. The 200 free relay finished runner-up (1:27.92), while the 400 free relay placed third.
The Gustavus swimming and diving team will travel to Puerto Rico for a training trip beginning December 26 and return on January 2.