SHU CLOSES YEAR AT LCM INVITATIONAL
The Pirates' men's squad will send two competitors to the ECAC LCM Invitational meet as they attempt to meet U.S. Olympic qualifying marks. Junior Austin Acheson will swim the 400-meter IM and sophomore Matt Benson will compete in the 200-meter backstroke time trial. Acheson finished 10th in the 400-IM and Benson placed 11th in the 200-Backstroke at the BIG EAST Championships last week.
PIRATES PLACE EIGHTH AT BIG EAST
Seton Hall picked up its fifth straight top-eight finish at the conference championships last week. SHU was led by two top-15 finishes from junior Ryan O'Shaughnessy. Acheson and Benson also recorded top-15 individual finishes. In relay competition, the Pirates finished sixth in both the 200-free and 400-medley races.
RECORD FALLS FOR HALL
The final day of the 2012 BIG EAST Championships was a notable one for the Seton Hall program. Sophomores Matt Benson, Richard Dunham and Joey Lacus teamed with senior Matt Holland to break the school record in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The current Pirates posted a time of 3:03.94, eclipsing the previous mark 3:04.12, set in 2004-05. The team finished ninth in the event.
PIRATES EXCEL IN DUAL MEET DUELS
For the second straight year, the Seton Hall men finished the season with a 9-2 record in dual meet competition. The Pirates have established themselves as a local power, defeating area teams from the Patriot League and MAAC, as well as the BIG EAST.
BIG STAGE, BIG PERFORMANCE
The Pirates did not shy away from the bright lights of the BIG EAST Championships, posting some of their best times of the year. SHU posted a top-three individual time of the season in 12 of 13 individual swimming events. The Pirate relay teams also answered the challenge, eclipsing their previous season-bests in all five relay events. In addition, 13 team members who competed set a new personal record in at least one event.
FRESH FACE, FIRST PLACE
Freshman diver Ben Mitchell burst onto the scene early in his first season. Mitchell broke the school record from one-meter distance just four meets into the season. The newcomer set the new standard from one- meter at Providence (11/5) with a score of 287.25. Former Pirate Zach Smith holds the record from the three-meter board, scoring a 278.77 during the 2005-06 season