Both Xavier Swimming Teams Finish Second At Butler Invite

Luke Johanns won both freestyle sprint events for the men on Sunday afternoon.

Luke Johanns won both freestyle sprint events for the men on Sunday afternoon.

Jan. 27, 2014

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FISHERS, Ind. - In their second meet is as many days, both the Xavier men's and women's swimming teams nabbed second-place finishes in the Butler Invitational. With 584.5 points, the women's team finished ahead of Youngstown State, Butler and Evansville and trailed only Illinois State. The men's squad posted 673 points to top Ball State and Evansville, but trailed Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Xavier dominated the men's mile, taking the top three spots in the event. Nicholas Strader posted a time of 16:25.52 to lead the field, while Nick Foster (16:32.52) and Kiernan McGeehan (16:41.89) grabbed second and third, respectively.

Molly Kroeger continued her strong weekend, taking second in the 200 free (1:55.99). Then, Arthur Smith (1:45.23), Eric Dirvin (1:45.50) and Will Oswald (1:45.58) touched second, third and fourth, respectively, in the men's 200 free.

Carolyn Stewart nabbed another second-place finish for the women, completing the 200 back in 58.92. Chad Thompson followed by winning the men's 200 back, touching in 52.76. Rodrigo Suriano (53.74) tacked on a third-place for XU.

Luke Johanns dominated the field in the men's 50 free, outracing the field with a time of 21.27. The sophomore continued his strong day in the pool with a second victory, this time taking the 100 free (47.25).

The women's squad received both a second- and third-place finish from Stewart (2:10.85) and Jacquelyn Misanik (2:12.21), respectively, in the women's 200 back. Thompson (1:55.09) and Suriano (1:56.99) then went one-two in the men's 200 back, giving Thompson his second win of the day.

Hannah Martin (2:31.73) and Michael Gordon (2:09.07) each touched third in the women's and men's 200 breast, before Xavier's men's team again showed its strength in the distance events. Strader (4:47.50) and McGeehan (4:49.20) claimed the top two spots, respectively, in the men's 500 free.

The men closed the individual events with second, third and fourth place finishes by Thompson (4:13.22), Eric Futscher (4:15.03) and Nick Foster (4:16.29) in the 400 IM.

Kroeger, Abbigail Walsh, Maddie Day and Stewart posted the third fastest time in the women's 400 free relay, 3:38.66, being out-touched by just two-hundredths of a second. In the men's event, Suriano, Carter Clark, Oswald and Johanns teamed together to blow past the field to win the race in 3:07.88.

Both teams will be back in the pool on Friday, Jan. 31 at Wright State. The meet is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.

Women's Scores
1. Illinois State 955.5
2. Xavier 584.5
3. Youngstown State 578
4. Butler 394
5. Evansville 44

Men's Scores
1. Green Bay 766.5
2. Xavier 673
3. Ball State 539.5
4. Evansville 444