CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Holy Cross men's swimming and diving team traveled to the New England Catholic Invitational on Friday and Saturday, hosted by Boston College. Freshman Andrew Higgins (New Canaan, Conn.) led the Crusaders with a first place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:16.54. Higgins also added two more top-10 finishes, taking eighth in the 400 individual medley at 4:36.26 and ninth in the 100 breaststroke at 1:03.67.
Junior Jack Swain (West Hartford, Conn.) finished just behind Higgins in the 200 breaststroke, taking second place with a time of 2:16.83 and took fourth in the 100 breaststroke at 1:01.70. Senior Jan Yburan (Livingston, N.J.) finished fifth in the 50 freestyle and 100 and 200 backstrokes, touching the wall at 22.20, 55.53 and 2:00.73, respectively.
Other top-10 finishers for the Crusaders included senior Kevin O'Connor (Ridgewood, N.J.) who took seventh in the 400 IM (4:36.12) and fellow classmate Tim Liddy (Garden City, N.Y.) who landed ninth in the same event (4:36.68). Sophomore David Mullany (Monroe, Conn.) finished sixth in the 1,000 freestyle (10:42.02) while O'Connor took eighth (10:52.55). Liddy touched the wall in ninth place in the 200 breaststroke (2:26.56) and sophomore Matt Bates (South Easton, Mass.) secured ninth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:11.98. Mullany added a 10th place finish in the 500 freestyle at 5:08.32.
The 400 freestyle relay team earned the top Crusader relay finish, taking fourth place with a time of 3:24.08. The team was comprised of junior Thomas Horigan (West Hartford, Conn.), freshman Max Kearns (Marion, Mass.), Liddy and Yburan.
On the diving side, senior Nick Videtti (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) was the top Holy Cross finisher, taking third in the one-meter dive (227.35) and fifth in the three-meter dive (185.30). The men's swimming and diving team will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 26, when it hosts its first home meet of the season. The Crusaders will welcome Springfield to the Hart Center for a 1:00 p.m. meet.