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December 12, 2011

Vita is vital (2 wins) as men swimmers swamp Queens College

KINGS POINT, N.Y. – Frank Vita captured two individual events and was part of a winning relay race to help the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men to a 131-81 non-conference victory over Queens College on Monday night.

It was the Mariners' (2-0) second win in three days, having won at Manhattan College on Saturday.

Vita won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.83 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.60.

He also swam the second leg of the winning 200 medley relay team. Vita teamed with Kevin Lindgren, John Fields and Sean Minor to win that competition in 1:40.23.

Seven other Mariners won individual events.

The list:

* Erik Blanchard in the 1000 freestyle in 10:51.01

* Chris Scott in the 200 individual medley in 2:07.18.

* Fields in the 100 butterfly in 55:01.

* Lindgren in the 100 freestyle in 48.16.

* Hunter Rowan in the 100 backstroke in 57.53.

* Andrew Terselic in the 500 freestyle in 5:07.10.

* And Sean Higgins in a pair of one-meter diving events as he accrued 186.75 and 120.03 points, respectively.

The Mariners (2-0) won't have time to rest on their laurels. They host Lehman College at 6 p.m. Tuesday in their final meet of 2011.

The Merchant Marine women also defeated Queens College, registering a 137-87 win.