Courtesy: St. Bonaventure Athletics
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University men’s and women’s swimming and diving team has announced its 2021 spring schedule.
The Bonnies will begin the 2021 season March 7 at the Reilly Center Pool when they host Niagara.
The women’s and men’s swim teams are coached by Skip Nitardy who is in his third season at the helm of the program, and he is assisted by Laura Harting. Stephanie Fleming coaches the men and women’s dive team.
The Brown and White are then off until they travel to Buffalo to take on Canisius March 27.
The Bonnies finish up the regular season with an away meet against Binghamton April 3.
Bona’s men’s team finished third at the 2020 Atlantic 10 Championships. Looking to carry the momentum from last season are returning junior George Kalletta, where he earned a gold medal in the 400-IM (3:49.04), handily shattering the program record of 3:53.54 at the A-10 Championships and senior Tjaard Krusch who won four medals and set a new Atlantic 10 Conference Championship and program record at the 2020 A-10 Swimming and Diving Championships. The Bonnies won a total of 10 medals at last year’s championship meet.
On the women’s side, returning junior Rachel Kimmel looks to improve her own program records, as she broke the St. Bonaventure program record and won silver medals in the 100-breaststroke (1:01.24) and 200-breaststroke last season. Other program record holders also returning for the Bonnies are Claire Schaef (1000-freestyle and 1650-freestyle), Katrina Wardner (400-IM, 200-medley relay and 400-medley relay), Zanre Oberholzer (200-medley relay) and Mia Cote (200-medley relay).
The men’s team brings back 15 swimmers and divers, Matthew Bielobradek, Michael Bruno and Austin Campbell. The Brown and White welcome 11 newcomers to this year’s roster, including nine swimmers and two divers.
On the women’s side, the Bonnies welcome back 13 swimmers from last year’s team while Mary Wilson is the lone returner for the women’s diving team. Six newcomers join the roster for the 2021 season. Four swimmers and two divers make up the Bonnies’ freshmen class.
The 2021 Atlantic 10 Tournament is scheduled for April 14-17 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.