February 21, 2010

McDaniel completes season at championships

Gomez notches pair of top-8 finishes to lead Green Terror

LANCASTER, Pa. - Stephen Gomez (Charlottesville, Va./Albermarle) finished seventh in the 200 butterfly to lead McDaniel at the 2010 Centennial Conference (CC) men's swimming championship hosted by Franklin & Marshall on Friday through Sunday.

Gomez, who recorded the fourth-fastest time in the morning prelims, finished seventh in the finals with a time of 1:59.82.

He also added top-16 finishes in both individual medley races. He was ninth overall, finishing first in the B-finals of the 400 IM with a season-best time of 4:19.10. He was eighth fastest on time, swimming faster in the finals than the eighth-place finisher but missed the A-finals by 0.67 seconds in the morning prelims.

Gomez was 15th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.35.

As a team, the Green Terror placed seventh, finshing the three-day event with 190 points. Franklin & Marshall won its sixth consecutive title with 848 points. Swarthmore finished second (732) while Gettysburg was third (520).

Morgan DeHart (Salisbury, Md./Wicimico) added a 13th-place showing in the 400 IM with a time of 4:31.86. He finished 14th in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes with times of 1:04.29 and 2:22.67, respectively.

Jono Leafblad (Garnee, Ill./Warren Twp.) finished 10th in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:04.43 - second in the B-Cut finals. Leafblad was eighth on time but missed the A-Cut finals by nearly three seconds in the morning prelims.

Leafblad added a 13th-place showing in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.92).

Jason Harder (Philadelphia, Pa./Pennington) was 12th in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:07.11.

Chris Steinheimer (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) finished 15th in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 18:07.32.

Bryan Nuckles (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Academy) finished 16th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.67.

Gomez, DeHart and Nuckles teamed with Wes Henry (Greencastle, Pa./Perkiomen) for a sixth-place showing in the 800 free relay (7:28.63).

Nuckles, Leaflad and Henry were also part of both medley relays teams that swam season-best times. DeHart joined the trio on the 200 medley relay that finished seventh in a time of 1:44.09 while Gomez joined the initial trio in the 400-yard version that also placed seventh (3:48.55).

Team Scores: 1. Franklin & Marshall 848, 2. Swarthmore 732, 3. Gettysburg 520, 4. Dickinson 481, 5. Ursinus 388, 6. Washington (Md.) 285, 7. McDaniel 190.

McDaniel Results: 200 Free Relay: 7. Bryan Nuckles, Morgan DeHart, Chris Steinheimer, Wes Henry 1:32.28, 15. Chris Bosco, Jason Harder, Colin Donnelly, Erik Brennan 1:41.18; 500 Free: 23. Steinheimer 5:08.83; 200 IM: 15. Stephen Gomez 2:04.35, 20. Jono Leafblad 2:05.90, 29. Harder 2:11.79; 50 Free: 16. Nuckles 22.67, 28. Henry 23.26, 37. Brennan 26.36, 38. Donnelly 27.09; 400 Medley Relay: 7. Nuckles, Leafblad, Gomez, Henry 3:48.55, 15. Harder, DeHart, Chris Bosco, Steinheimer 3:55.90; 200 Medley Relay: 7. Nuckles, DeHart, Leafblad, Henry 1:44.09, 15. Brennan, Bosco, Harder, Steinheimer 1:52.08; 400 IM: 9. Gomez 4:19.10, 13. DeHart 4:31.86, 17. Harder 4:43.82; 100 Butterfly: 18. Bosco 58.49; 200 Free: 27. Steinheimer 1:53.93; 100 Breaststroke: 13. Leafblad 1:03.92, 14. DeHart 1:04.29, 20. Bosco 1:06.99; 100 Backstroke: 18. Brennan 1:06.76; 800 Free Relay: 6. Gomez, Henry, DeHart, Nuckles 7:28.63; 1650 Free: 15. Steinheimer 18:07.32; 100 Free: 19. Henry 50.09, 20. Nuckles 50.24, 36. Donnelly 58.71, 38. Brennan 58.92, 200 Breaststroke: 14. DeHart 2:22.67; 200 Butterfly: 7. Gomez 1:59.82, 10. Leafblad 2:04.43, 12. Harder 2:07.11, 19. Bosco 2:13.77; 400 Free Relay: 7. Henry, Nuckles, Leafblad, Gomez 3:23.64.

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