Gardner-Webb Men’s Swimming Bests Bellarmine In CCSA Conference Opener

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October 16th, 2021 College, News

Gardner-Webb vs Bellarmine

  • Saturday, October 16, 2021
  • Boiling Springs, N.C.

Courtesy: Gardner-Webb Athletics

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – The Gardner-Webb men’s swim team hit the Bost pool on Saturday morning for the first time in over 644 days, and the first time since becoming CCSA Conference Champions.

The ‘Dogs took down the Bellarmine Knights by a margin of 134 points, and claimed first place in all but two events.

The men’s relay squad of Tim BennettJonathan FryeSeggio Bernardina, and Brady Fields took first in the men’s 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:34.14.

Garrett DespresBrady Vann, and Sam Goldey had a 1-2-3 sweep for the ‘Dogs in the men’s 1,00-yard freestyle, all finishing within 21 seconds of each other.

As for the men’s 200-yard freestyle, Logan Cornelison claimed first with a time of 1:46.03 at the finish.

Tim Bennett placed first in the men’s 100-yard backstroke, clocking in with a time of 52.45 seconds.

In the men’s 100-yard breaststroke, Jonathan Frye finished first with a time of 58.42 seconds at the wall.

Brady Field’s swam a 21.43 in the men’s 50-yard freestyle to take the gold for GWU, and shortly after took first in the men’s 100-yard freestyle with a time of 48.30.

Tim Bennett earned another first place finish for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, this time in the men’s 200-yard backstroke, finishing with a time of 1:54.62.

As for the men’s 200-yard breaststroke, Jonathan Frye took first with a time of 2:08.19 at the finish.

Garrett Despres took gold in his second distance event of the day, this time in the men’s 500-yard freestyle. Despres clocked a time of 4:52.57 at the finish.

In the men’s 200-yard butterfly, Cullen Fields swam a time of 51.32 seconds to take first for GWU.

In the final event of the day, the relay squad of Brady FieldsSeggio BernardinaDrew Mintz, and Logan Cornelison took first in the men’s 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:12.12 at the finish.

Runnin’ Bulldog’s Swimming will be back in action on Saturday, October 30th as they travel to Buies Creek, N.C. to take on Campbell and Old Dominion.

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Courtesy: Bellarmine Athletics

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — The Bellarmine University swimming teams opened their seasons this weekend at Gardner-Webb.

The women’s team competed against the Runnin’ Bulldogs and UNC Asheville in a Double Dual on Friday.  Garner-Webb defeated Bellarmine 192-60, while UNC Asheville captured a 201-60 victory against the Knights.

On the men’s side, Gardner-Webb topped BU 198-64 in a dual meet.

The women’s team started off its meet well with a third place finish in the 200 medley relay.  Sophomore Caroline McMillin,  freshman Alexandra Pierce, senior Rachel Walker, and sophomore Grace Lough teamed up for a time of 1:51.71.

The Knights tallied second and third place finishes in the individual competition.  In Pierce’s first career meet, she was the runner-up in the 200 breaststroke (2:27.36).  Walker earned third place in the 200 freestyle (1:58.17).   Bellarmine also produced four fourth place finishes – Pierce in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.32), junior Anna Holt in the 200 butterfly (2:14.10), McMillin in the 200 backstroke (2:15:11), and Walker in the 100 butterfly (59.31).

On the men’s side, senior and reigning conference champion Matthew Sims continued his dominance in the 200 butterfly with another first place finish (1:54.32).  He also led from start to finish in the 400 individual medley, collecting another first place time (4:14.82).  Junior Jacob Dray raced to second place in the 100 butterfly (51.77), while freshman Brandon Thomas earned second in the 200 breaststroke in a fantastic race to the wall.  Thomas beat Gardner-Webb’s Austin Wheeler by one one-hundredth of a second (2:12.99) highlighting his first career meet.  Sophomore Greyson Williams hit the wall for third in the 200 freestyle (1:47.23) and 500 freestyle (4:56.32).  Junior Adham Howaidy placed third in the 100 backstroke (54.05).

The Bellarmine men’s and women’s teams will compete in their first home meets on Oct. 30.  The men’s side has a dual with Centre College, while the women’s side will battle Centre and Butler in a double dual.

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