MADISON, N.J. (Jan. 30, 2016) – The USMMA men's swimming and diving team traveled to Drew University on Saturday afternoon for a Landmark Conference tri-meet against the host Rangers and the Gophers of Goucher College. The Mariners grabbed two wins on the day, beating the Rangers, 97-38, and downing the Gophers, 85-52. Merchant Marine improves to 8-2 overall (2-0 Landmark) with the victories.
Senior William Kelsik (New Castle, Ind.) led Merchant Marine with three victories on the afternoon. He was a part of the 200 medley relay team that won to start off the meet in 1:37.53, and then went on to win the 50 freestyle (22.32) and the 500 free (5.01.88).
Junior Stone Hewitt (Destin, Fla.) notched two wins on the day, as part of the 200 MR team and then touching first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 59.08. Senior Gerrit Porter (Houston, Texas), fresh off of earning Landmark Athlete of the Week and ECAC DIII Metro Diver of the Week honors, also grabbed two victories, his coming in the one-meter (255.53) and three-meter (247.73) diving events.
Individually, four other Mariners triumphed on the day – junior Kevin Sweetman (Austin, Texas) won in the 1000 free, clocking in at 10:18.25; junior John Terselic (Tijera, N.M.) touched first in the 200 free with a season-best time of 1:51.57 – Terselic also had season-best times in the 200 individual medley (2:06.27) and the 500 free (5:02.58); junior Karl Sasse (Frederick, Md.) came in first in the 200 breast with his best time of the season (2:10.93); and sophomore Andrew Jackson (Chesapeake, Va.) squeaked in with a victory in the 100 butterfly by two seconds with a time of 54.76.
Also picking up wins on the night were freshman Christopher Khal (Solomons, Md.) and Matheus Macedo (Elk Grove, Calif.) as part of the 200 medley relay squad.
Next up, the Mariner divers will be heading to NYU for the NYU Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 6, beginning at 11 a.m.
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