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Swimming and Diving at Bucknell Invitational

by | Nov 21, 2022

Pre-race photo at the home meet vs. UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb.


Friday Highlights

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Two event wins, including a 1-2 finish in men’s diving, highlighted Davidson’s first day at the Bucknell Invitational.

Both of Friday’s wins came from freshmen men, as Dylan Felt won the 500 free in 4:28.23, after also qualifying first during prelims. Then diver James Gourlay won the 3-meter competition with a score of 294.00, while teammate Ben Cutforth was second (290.85).

Davidson diving coach Greg Ferrucci said Gourlay and Cutforth both like putting on a show, and they did that Friday.

“Once they both realized they were going to sweep, it was fun watching them realize they only had to compete against each other,” said Ferrucci.

Other top finishes for the Davidson men included the 400 medley relay team of Liam McDonough, Andrew Schou, Miles Charles and Felt, which finished fourth (3:18.21). Felt, Ben McClain, Guil Ware and Ian Brann swam sixth in the 200 free relay (1:22.23).

Third place was the top finish for the Davidson women, as Abby Francis, Martha Tripsa, Shelby Stanley and Addy Donaldson swam third in the 200 free relay (1:33.26).

Tripsa took fourth in the 50 free (23.55), while Annica Valmassei was fourth in 1M diving (245.85). Kate Pottle took fifth in the 500 free (4:56.88) and Stanley was sixth in the 200 IM (2:02.93). Leah Sandock, Anna Newman, Stanley and Francis placed sixth in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:48.04.

Other top-eight finishes went to Sylvia Stewart-Bates in the 500 (7th, 4:58.82), Francis in the 200 IM (8th, 2:09.77) and Anna Jepson in diving (208.80).

Through Friday’s action, the Davidson men are third in the team standings with 266.50 points, while the women are fifth (285).

Saturday Highlights

Davidson Wildcats added three more event wins to the total on Saturday during the second day of competition at the Bucknell Invitational.

One win came from senior Shelby Stanley, while freshmen Dylan Felt and James Gourlay continued their strong weekends with wins for a second straight day.

Stanley led the Davidson women with a win the 100 fly, touching the wall in 53.95. Gourlay won 1-meter diving with 273.55 points, and Felt swam first in the 200 free (1:37.38).

The Davidson women added a fourth-place finish in the 200 medley relay, as Leah Sandock, Abby Francis, Shelby Stanley and Martha Tripsa posted a time of 1:42.64. Chale Jacks was fifth in the 100 fly (56.19), Francis was eighth in the 100 breast (1:05.27) and Francis, Kate Pottle, Marissa Lassell and Stanley were sixth in the 800 free relay (7:43.42).

The Wildcat men had multiple third-place finishes, including Andrew Schou in the 100 breast (55.79), Ben McClain in the 200 free (1:39.95) and the 800 free relay team of McClain, Felt, Fletcher Smith and Jeremy Kemp (6:43.59). Liam McDonough swam fourth in the 100 back (50.01).

Ben Cutforth (5th, 249.05) and Drew Sheldon (8th, 227.75) also had top-eight finishes in diving.

Ryan Shute added a seventh-place finish in the 400 IM (4:07.52), while Miles Charles took eighth in the 100 fly (49.80) and Kemp was eighth in the 100 back and 200 free with times of 51.29 and 1:42.75, respectively.

Through two days, the Davidson men are third in the standings with 638.50 points, while the women are fifth (602.50).

Sunday Highlights

Dylan Felt won for the third time in as many days Sunday as Davidson’s swimmers and divers wrapped up the final day of competition at the Bucknell Invitational.

Felt, a freshman, captured first place in the 1,650 free with a time of 15:36.80, which is just more than a second off the school record. It followed his victory in the 500 free on Friday (4:28.23) and his Saturday win in the 200 free (1:37.38).

Felt also helped the 400 free relay team of Jeremy Kemp, Ben McClain and Ian Brann take fourth (3:03.97), as the Davidson men finished third out of eight teams in the standings with 888.50 points.

Kemp added a fifth-place finish in the 200 back (1:49.41), while Fletcher Smith was sixth in the 200 fly (1:50.20). Jackson McDonald swam sixth in the 1,650 (16:00.02), and in the 200 breast, Cael McLaren and Andrew Schou finished fifth and eighth with times of 2:04.36 and 2:07.02, respectively.

Diver Annica Valmassei led the Davidson women, who finished sixth, with a second-place finish in the 3-meter competition, where she totaled 269.50 points.

Sylvia Stewart-Bates took third in the 1,650 free (17:02.18), while Kate Pottle added seventh-place points (17:16.15). Shelby Stanley (200 back, 2:01.21) and Chale Jacks (100 free, 52.53) also earned seventh-place points.

Stanley, Jacks, Abby Francis and Leah Sandock took fourth in the 400 free relay in 3:25.32.

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