KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Jan. 21, 2015) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's swimming team traveled to nearby SUNY College at Old Westbury on Wednesday night for non-conference meetings against the host Panthers and the York College Cardinals. The Mariners won both matchups, defeating Old Westbury, 58-34, and York, 58-17. USMMA moves to 4-1 in dual meets on the season with the pair of victories.
Merchant Marine won every single event on the night, conceding the team points in the final event, the 200 free relay, despite touching first. The Mariners also claimed first and second place in two events.
Five swimmers claimed victory in two of their events: senior Ben Gabbard (Vacaville, Calif.), freshman Jordan Weaver (Olive Branch, Miss.), senior Hunter Rowan (Matthews, N.C.), sophomore Joshua Jepsen (San Diego, Calif.) and sophomore Kevin Sweetman (Austin, Texas).
Gabbard was on the 200 medley relay team along with Sweetman, sophomore Jordan Kendall (Winter Haven, Fla.) and junior Llorenc Aguiar (Garden Grove, Calif.) that led off the meet with a victory in 1:51.51. Gabbard also won the 100 fly with a time of 56.16. Weaver finished first in the 500 free (5:03.71) and the 100 breast (1:04.63).
Rowan touched first in the 50 free in 23.00 and was a member of the 200 free relay team along with Jepsen, Sweetman and sophomore Robert Zagaja (Centerport, N.Y.) that won with a time of 1:32.42. Jepsen was also victorious in the 200 free in 1:51.16.
Also picking up victories on the night were sophomore John Terselic (Tijera, N.M.) in the 1,000 free (11:07.14), sophomore Karl Sasse (Frederick, Md.) in the 200 IM (2:06.69), junior William Kelsik (New Castle, Ind.) in the 100 free (51.57) and junior Case Kuikhoven (Ketchikan, Alaska) in the 100 back (58.85).
The Mariners return to action on Friday night, Jan. 23, with a home meet against non-conference opponent NYU. First race is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the O'Hara Pool.