Lehigh men finish fourth at Patriot League Championships
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The final day of the Patriot League Championships saw the Lehigh men’s swimming and diving team set two more school records to go along with a pair of top three finishes. Lehigh’s sprinters continued their fine three-day effort at Navy’s Lejeune Hall with a record setting performance in the 400 free relay, helping lead the Mountain Hawks to a fourth place team finish.
The 400 free relay team of junior Frank Cuzzola, sophomore Demetri Karedis, senior Kevin Shoemaker and sophomore Chris Hoke topped the previous mark by more than two seconds, clocking in at 3:00.72, good for a second place finish. Two days ago, Lehigh also set a school record in the 200 free relay.
Lehigh’s other school record came on the diving boards as senior Connor Styles capped his Lehigh career by scoring 315.25 points in the men’s three meter event, .40 points better than Kevin Murphy’s mark set back in 1994. Styles finished fourth overall. Sophomore Mike Harshman and freshman Dan Bateman did not qualify for the finals, but scored points finishing 11th and 14th respectively.
In the night’s opening event, freshman Danny Bennett reached the podium with a third place finish in the 1650 free with a time of 15:47.89. Two others scored points by finishing in the top 16, with freshman Jake Greene coming in 11th in 16:18.43 and sophomore Will Dearden placing 16th in 16:30.02.
The Mountain Hawks placed three in the top 11 in the 100 free with Hoke leading the way placing fifth in 45.48. Cuzzola finished eighth in 46.32, while Karedis placed 11th overall in 46.07. In the 200 yard breaststroke, freshman Matt Ferguson reached the finals, placing fifth with a time of 2:04.21. In the consolation final freshman Jack Lorentzen finished 13th overall touching the wall in 2:08.01.
Lehigh’s other championship finalist was junior Alex Aboud, who placed eighth in the 200 yard butterfly, clocking in at 1:52.38. Shoemaker took 12th overall while Kyle Jennings finished 13th in 1:55.22. The Mountain Hawks also placed three in the consolation finals of the 200 back, with freshman Sean Brant winning the B final in 1:52.02. Senior Chris Toth took 11th in 1:53.48, while sophomore Matt Chrzanowski finished 13th in 1:54.65.
Navy’s men cruised to yet another league championship, besting second place Bucknell by nearly 400 points. The Mountain Hawks were comfortably in fourth place, finishing with 460 points, 74.5 behind third place Army.
Men’s Team Standings
1. Navy - 1029.5
2. Bucknell - 638.5
3. Army - 534.5
4. LEHIGH - 460
5. American - 271.5
6. Colgate - 262
7. Lafayette - 164
8. Holy Cross – 123