BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh men’s 200 yard medley relay team set a school record to pace the Mountain Hawks on day two of the Patriot League Championships at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium. The Mountain Hawks placed three individuals in top flight finals and finished the day in fourth place with 275.5 points.
Lehigh’s 200 medley relay team consisting of sophomore Martin Kendig, freshman Jacob Hassel, junior Chris Hoke and senior Demetri Karedis opened the evening session by placing third with a school record time of 1:31.52, breaking a mark set back in 2005.
The Mountain Hawks had four swimmers score points in the next event, the 400 yard individual medley. Sophomore Jake Greene qualified for the finals, placing eighth with a time of 4:05.51, while classmate Danny Bennett won the B final in 4:02.15. Right behind Bennett was Hassel who clocked in at 4:03.91, while sophomore Mike Wheaton finished in 15th place.
Hoke qualified for his second individual final of the championships, placing eighth in the 100 fly with a time of 50.27. Freshman Matt Carducci finished 13th in the same event with a time of 51.32.
Lehigh’s other individual finalist was Kendig, who finished eighth in the 100 yard backstroke. Carducci finished 12th in the same event with a time of 52.23, while sophomore Sean Brant finished in 15th place after clocking in at 52.75.
The Mountain hawks also had three swimmers in the B final of the 200 yard freestyle. Senior Frank Cuzzola led the way placing 11th in 1:40.81, while junior Matt Chrzanowski placed 15th in 1:42.56 and sophomore Owen Dunbar finished 16th with a time of 1:43.24.
In the final event of the day, Chrzanowski, Dunbar, Bennett and Cuzzola finished fourth in the 800 free relay with a time of 6:48.82.
Navy continues to led the team race, with a 219 point advantage over Army. The Mountain Hawks trail third place Bucknell by 84 points and lead fifth place American by 94.5 points.
The Patriot League Championships will wrap-up Saturday from Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium. Preliminaries are set for 10:30 a.m. with finals set for 6 p.m.
Men’s Team Standings
1. Navy (655 pts.)
2. Army (436)
3. Bucknell (359.5)
4. LEHIGH (275.5)
5. American (181)
6. Colgate (145)
7. Lafayette (120)
8. Holy Cross (99)