Devils Down Bears for First Time Since 2015

Devils Down Bears for First Time Since 2015

CARLISLE, Pa. - In his final meet at the Clarke Aquatic Center senior Cameron McConagha earned the biggest win of the day topping the field in the 100-yard breaststroke to put the Dickinson men's swimming team ahead for good as the Devils knocked off the Ursinus College Bears by a 104-101 final on Sunday afternoon.

It was the latest the Devils and Bears have matched up since 2010 as the meet is usually the season opener for both sides. It was also the first triumph for the Red and Black over the boys from Collegeville since the 2015-2016 campaign. 

DC began the day strong as Cooper Kocon, Damon St. Prix, Reid Schattgen, and McConagha won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:40.85 holding off the Bears group by .10 seconds. The team of Nolan Chenot, Frederico Colloca Bianchi, Daniel Vasquez, and Justin Wong took third in 1:42.72.

Dickinson filled up the podium in the 1000-yard freestyle as Logan Cort beat the field clocking in at 10:16.19. He bested teammates Alex Kanard (10:28.23) and Aidan Keillor (10:37.98) to complete the Top-3. Avery Coonin also competed taking sixth at 11:59.53.

The Devils won their third straight event thanks to Schattgen topping the competition in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:48.38. Ursinus' Jonah Kasznay had the lead after the first two legs, but could not hold on as he posted a 1:48.81. St. Prix (1:49.60) and Vasquez (1:50.85) put up times that were good for fourth and fifth.

Ursinus got their first victory in the 50-yard freestyle as Ryan Carkhuff (21.62) held off Daulton Kendall (22.69) and Chenot (22.94). Aaron Stern clocked in at 23.30 for a fifth-place finish.

Wong was the top finisher for DC in the 200-yard individual medley taking second in 2:05.99. Chris Burmaster completed the Top-5 with a time of 2:12.08.

McConagha picked up his first individual win of the afternoon in the 100-yard butterfly as he led start to finish clocking in at 53.29. Chenot was the only other Devil in the Top-5 posting a time of 55.74 for third.

The Bears took the top two spots in the 100-yard freestyle, before Kanard (49.99), Kendall (50.15), Connor Frederickson (52.12), Patrick Dunn (55.51), Sam Strieb (55.88), and Coonin (1:00.08) came in for the Red and Black. 

Colloca Bianchi had a strong showing in the 100-yard backstroke taking second with a time of 56.45, while Billy Wilkerson claimed fourth at 1:00.34. 

A trio of Devils occupied second-through-fourth thanks to Cort (4:57.44), Schattgen (5:00.78), and Keillor (5:07.01). 

In the 100-yard breaststroke, McConagha picked up the biggest win of the meet for the Devils as he hit the wall in 1:01.53, to edge out the 1:01.53 put up by Kasznay. Kocon came in fourth with a mark of 1:04.05. 

Ursinus would win the 400-yard freestyle relay, but the team of Cort, Kendall, St. Prix, and Wong put up a time of 3:15.60 for second to secure the meet win for the Devils. The team of Frederickson, Kanard, Stern, and Wilkerson claimed third in 3:32.23, followed by Burmaster, Colloca Bianchi, Dunn, and Keillor (3:41.78).

Next on the Pool Deck

The Devils will enjoy some serious practice time, before returning to action on Thursday, February 17th for day one of the Centennial Conference Championships at Franklin & Marshall College.