Jan. 26, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Seton Hall men's swimming & diving team closed the dual meet portion of its 2013-14 slate on Sunday, falling 175-116 to former conference foe Connecticut inside the Arthur E. Imperatore Natatorium.
With the meet serving as the Pirates' final home appearance of the season, the squads' seven seniors - Matt Benson (Overland Park, Kan.), Greg Black (Easton Pa.), Ian DeLisio (Woodstock, N.Y.), Evan Forbes (Cinnaminson, N.J.), Joey Lacus (Wethersfield, Conn.), Tyler Naumann (Middletown, Conn.) and Jon Ropson (McKinney, Texas) - were honored in a pre-meet ceremony.
While the seniors took center stage prior to the competition, it was junior Ben Mitchell (Milford, Pa.) who delivered the standout performance of the afternoon, finishing atop a group of six divers from the one-meter board after turning in a six-dive score of 308.85.
In the pool, The Hall racked up six runner-up finishes, three of which came from underclassmen.
Freshman Ian Campbell (Corvallis, Ore.) swam his way to a second place time of 17:39.19 in the 1,650-yard freestyle; the first home swim of his career. Classmate Keith Carlino (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) added a second place effort in the 100-yard backstroke, registering a time of 52.89 that was less than one second off of the winning pace. Another freshman in Xavier Jimenez (Cincinnati, Ohio) contributed a fourth place showing in the event, clocking in at 55.29.
Carlino was one of three Pirates who came within one second of scoring a victory as sophomore Tim Bosse (New Windsor, N.Y.) reached the wall second in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:45.74 mark that was just .34 seconds shy of the first place time. Junior Zach DeLillo (Sinking Spring, Pa.) came within .35 seconds of taking home a victory in the 100-yard butterfly, logging a time of 52.94 to lead a trio of Seton Hall scorers in the event that also included Carlino (4th, 53.60) and Naumann (5th, 54.52).
SHU also had three individual scorers in the 50-yard freestyle as a trio of freshman that included Zach Suter (Aurora, Colo.), T.J. Merighi (Vineland, N.J.) and Jack Poupore (Tucson, Ariz.) finished in quick succession; taking third, fourth and fifth place respectively.
Junior James Logan (Wallingford, Pa.) added a third-place showing in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.17) and was also a part of the Pirates' top relay team in two events on the day.
In the 200-yard medley relay, Logan teamed with Carlino, DeLillo, and Bosse to post a time of 1:36.57 that narrowly missed scoring a victory as Connecticut's A squad widened the gap by .91 seconds on the final leg, but only prevailed by 1.44 seconds overall.
To close the meet, Logan, Suter, Carlino and Bosse recorded the second-fastest 200-free relay time by clocking in at 1:28.86.
Only one more competitive tune up remains for the Seton Hall men's swimming & diving team prior to the 2014 BIG EAST Championship as the squad will travel to the Navy Invitational next Saturday, February 1 for a day-long meet.