Feb. 2, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, MD. – The Seton Hall men’s swimming & diving team closed the regular season portion of its 2013-14 slate on Saturday, taking part in the All Corners Invitational at the United States Naval Academy in the final tune up for the 2014 BIG EAST Championship.
Junior Ben Mitchell (Milford, Pa.) delivered the top individual performance of the day for the Pirates, coming in third in the three-meter diving competition by matching his own school record mark of 326.05. Sophomore Eric Davidson (Overland Park, Kan.) also turned in one of the best showings of his career, scoring a 285.25 to claim seventh place.
The Hall also registered four top-10 efforts in the pool to headline a host of top-20 times overall.
Sophomore Steve Hausmann (North Attleboro, Mass.) logged a seventh-place time of 4:18.01 in the 400-yard IM that was more than 20 seconds faster than his seed time while freshman Cooper Lindsley (Lancaster, Pa.) accounted for two of the other three top-10 showings for The Hall.
Lindsley first placed eighth with a time of 17:05.83 in the 1,650-yard freestyle and later followed up with a ninth-place mark of 1:48.55 in the 200-free. Classmate Colin Machat (Easthampton, Mass.) reached the wall less than .3 seconds after Lindsley, earning 10th-place with a time of 1:48.80. Senior Joey Lacus (Wethersfield, Conn.) added a 12th-place finish in the event (1:49.01), occupying a spot that would frequently belong to the Pirates throughout the day.
Keith Carlino (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) led SHU with a 12th-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (53.45) while Ian Campbell (Corvallis, Ore.) (4:52.52, 500-free) and Matt Benson (Overland Park, Kan.) (55.31, 100-back) contributed 12th-place times as well.
Sophomore Tim Bosse (New Windsor, N.Y.) finished the 50-free in an even 22 seconds to rank 13th out of 51 competitors in the event and just ahead of Lacus who tied for 15th with a time of 22.11.
In the 100-breast, junior James Logan (Wallingford, Pa.) recorded a team-leading 1:02.59 mark that was 15th-best among all entrants.
A trio of Pirates finished among the top-20 in the 100-free as Machat clocked a season-best time of 49.13 to place 16th followed by junior Zach DeLillo (Sinking Spring, Pa.) in 18th (49.27) and Carlino in 20th (49.66).
DeLillo also scored an 18th-place finish in the 200-IM, touching in at the 2:02.55 mark.
In relay competition, he joined Carlino, Logan and Bosse in producing a third-place time of 1:36.49 in the 200-medley. The Pirates also scored a top-five finish in the 200-free relay behind the efforts of Logan, Carlino, Bosse and freshman Zach Suter (Aurora, Colo.) who clocked a collective time of 1:26.99.
The competition wraps up the lead up to the 2014 BIG EAST Championship for both the Seton Hall swimmers and divers. The championships will be held separately with the diving competition beginning on Thursday, February 13 in Villanova, Pa. and the swimming portion spanning four days from February 19-February 22 in Gloucester, N.J.