WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross men's swimming and diving team fell to Providence on senior day at the Hart Center, 191-100. Junior Brian Power (Southport, Conn.) finished first in both the 100 yard and 200 yard breaststrokes with times of 1:02.55 and 2:17.25. Senior captain Michael Burns (East Amherst, N.Y.) finished just behind Power in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:20.02 and secured the top two spots for the Crusaders.
Fellow senior captain Patrick McMahon (Middletown, N.Y.) competed in three events for the Crusaders including the 100 and 200 yard backstrokes and the 400 yard freestyle relay. McMahon swam the first leg of the relay event and helped his team finish third with a time of 3:41.29. Finishing first in the 400 yard freestyle relay was a Holy Cross team comprised of junior Brian Lyons (Greenwich, Conn.), sophomore Ben Chelmow (Newton, Mass.), sophomore Zachary Cietek (Guilderland, N.Y.) and junior John Vatalaro (Strongsville, Ohio) finishing with a time of 3:29.35.
In the diving events, sophomore Nick Videtti (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) led the way for the Crusaders finishing second in the three meter dive with a score of 192.45 and second in the one meter dive with a score of 219.15. Also competing in the diving competitions for the Crusaders was freshman Brendan Higgins (Summit, N.J.) who finished third in both events.
The Crusaders two seniors, Burns and McMahon, competed in their final meet at the Hart Center. Prior to the start of the meet, swimming and diving head coach Barry Parenteau, diving coach Wilson Aybar and assistant coach Ian Hennessey honored the two captains along with the 11 seniors on the women's team in a pre-meet ceremony.
Holy Cross men's swimming and diving returns to competition on Feb. 4 when it travels to Smithfield, R.I. to take on Bryant at 1:00 pm.