Xavier Teams Cap Solid A-10 Swim Championship Meet

XU freshman Sam Gray is presented with his gold medal after winning the 1650 free event on the final day of the A-10 Championships.

XU freshman Sam Gray is presented with his gold medal after winning the 1650 free event on the final day of the A-10 Championships.

Feb. 18, 2006

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - The final night of the 2006 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships found Xavier University take third overall on the men's side, while the women's team placed fifth. Freshman Sam Gray highlighted the night with his first place finish in the 1650 free to earn XU its third gold of the championship. The XU men finished with 424 total points and the XU women ended the championship with 380 points. Both teams finished third in the swimming only events.

Gray started the evening with a great swim in the men's mile as the freshman used a fast finish to notch first place in a time of 16:00.29. Sophomore Nico Lilly could not repeat as champion and finished in sixth place with a time of 16:12.52.

Xavier finished in fifth and eighth in the women's 200 back. Mary Catherine Mahon took fifth with a time of 2:07.39, while sophomore Mary Kuhnen took eighth with a mark of 2:10.87.

In the men's 200 back, senior Kyle Hawley improved on his morning swim and finished sixth with a time of 1:53.90. Sophomore Matt Krouse also improved on his morning time and took 14th with a time of 1:55.95.

XU's Dana Hunter was the only Musketeer in the 100 free. The junior finished in 12th with a time of 53.57.

Likewise in the men's 100 free, Dave Janszen was the lone Musketeer competing in the event. The senior made the most of the situation and improved on his time to finish in sixth with a time of 46.78.



Krystel Kooyman took fifth in the women's 200 breast with a time of 2:22.00. The junior improved her morning time by 0.61 seconds. Freshman Addie Ellspermann touched the wall in a time of 2:28.64 to take 16th place.

Joe Conklin earned an eighth place finish in the men's 200 breast as the junior finished in a time of 2:11.04. Freshman Matt Marcus took 15th in the consolation heat and notched a time of 2:12.53.

The XU women earned the most points of the night in the women's 200 fly as four Musketeers competed in the event on the evening. Jill Cooke notched the highest finish as the junior took fourth with a school-record time of 2:06.97. Freshmen Alissa Schriner and Jill Winhusen took seventh and eighth, respectively, with times of 2:09.07 and 2:09.33. Senior Sarah Brown was the lone swimmer in the consolation heat and completed the event with a time of 2:10.66 in tenth.

The final individual event saw three more Musketeers compete in the men's 200 fly. Lilly pulled double duty and finished the event in seventh in a time of 1:53.66. In the consolation heat, Neil Reierson came in tenth with a time of 1:55.26, while sophomore Brian Stromberg notched a 16th place finish with a time of 1:58.86.

Xavier's 400 free relay teams rounded out the championship events. The women's team of Jill Cooke, Lindsay Jackson, Natalie Lindquist and Dana Hunter finished fifth overall with a time of 3:33.30. The men's team of Pat McGrath, Dave Janszen, Kyle Hawley and Neil Reierson established a new school record in the event and completed the race in a time of 3:07.86. The time earned the group a sixth place finish and broke the previous school record by 0.73 seconds.

Xavier's top swimmers on the women's side for the entire championship were juniors Jill Cooke who earned 41 points and Krystel Kooyman who earned 37 points. Senior Sarah Brown was third on the team after earning 34 points. On the men's side, senior Dave Janszen was the top swimmer and earned a total of 49.5 points on the week. Sophomore Nico Lilly was second on the team with 45 points and senior Kyle Hawley was third with 36.5 points.

Xavier ends the season with over 10 new school records set and numerous personal bests achieved during the 2005-06 season.