WORCESTER, Mass. – The Crusaders recorded seven first place finishes but it was not enough as the men's swimming and diving team fell to Providence on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center by a final of 171.5-125.5. Senior diver Nick Videtti (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) led the team with first place finishes in both the one-meter (258.52) and three-meter (250.35) dives.
Senior Jan Yburan (Livingston, N.J.) finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.70 seconds while junior Jack Swain (West Hartford, Conn.) touched the wall first in the 100 breaststroke at 1:02.31. Freshman Andrew Higgins (New Canaan, Conn.) won the 200 breaststroke (2:18.93), sophomore Tyler Wright (Waterboro, Maine) took first in the 100 butterfly (53.95) and the 200-yard medley relay team comprised of junior Thomas Horigan (West Hartford, Conn.), Swain, Wright and Yburan finished first with a time of 1:40.05.
Wright also took second in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:02.52 and third in the 100 freestyle at 50.99. Yburan finished second in the 50 freestyle (23.13) and Swain took third in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:20.27. Other top performers for Holy Cross included junior Brendan Higgins (Summit, N.J.) who finished behind Videtti in the one (186.23) and three (184.35) meter dives, sophomore David Mullany (Monroe, Conn.) who took third in the 500 freestyle (5:11.39) and 1,000 freestyle (10:44.51) and senior Patrick Gibbons (Reston, Va.) who finished third in the 50 freestyle (23.56).
The 400 freestyle relay team made up of sophomore Max Kearns (Marion, Mass.), Horigan, Gibbons and Mullany also posted a third place finish with a time of 3:28.31.
Prior to the start of their final meet at the Hart Center, head coach Barry Parenteau and assistant coaches Wil Aybar and Ian Hennessey honored Gibbons, Videtti, Yburan and fellow seniors Ben Chelmow (Newton, Mass.), Zachary Cietek (Guilderland, N.Y.), Tim Liddy (Garden City, N.Y.), Kevin O'Connor (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Anthony Russo (Stratford, Conn.) for their hard work and dedication to the team. Click below to view the video.
The men's swimming and diving team will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Bryant at 1:00 p.m.