February 21, 2013

13 earn All-PAC honors

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's swimming and diving team landed 13 performers on the All-Presidents' Athletic Conference Team Wednesday afternoon. Eight Wolverine athletes earned First Team honors and five merited Second Team distinction.

Junior David Bossert (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek), junior C.P. Dehli (Moneta, Va./Staunton River), freshman Jordan Dehli (Moneta, Va./Staunton River), senior Eric Fairchild (Corry, Pa./Corry), junior Louis Gabriele (Mahwa, N.J./Don Bosco), sophomore Richie Klimek (Oakdale, Pa./South Fayette), sophomore Caleb McKusick (Waconia, Minn./Homeschooled) and senior Ian Smyth (Troy, Pa./Troy) all earned First Team designation.

Sophomore Karter Gagliardo (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township), junior E.J. Leuschner (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian), sophomore Ben Satre (Hockessin, Del./Homeschooled), senior Adam Walker (Lexington, Ky./Homeschooled) and junior Noah Walker (Lexington, Ky./Homeschooled) represented Grove City on the Second Team.

All-PAC honors are based on an athlete's performance at the conference championships, which Grove City hosted as part of the James E. Longnecker Invitational February 13-16.

Bossert helped lead Grove City's effort at the Longnecker Invitational by earning three individual wins. He won the 1650 free in 16 minutes, 28.48 seconds and also prevailed in the 500 free with a time of 4:42.75. He added a win in the 400 individual medley (4:09.94). Bossert earned the Invitational's Swimmer of the Year award in recognition of his three wins.

C.P. Dehli earned fifth in the 100 butterfly (53.01) and seventh in the 100 backstroke (54.62). He also contributed to runner-up finishes in the 200 and 400 free relays for Grove City. Jordan Dehli, meanwhile, joined C.P. Dehli on the 200 and 400 free relays. He took eighth in the 50 free (21.72).

Fairchild won both the 50 free (21.02) and 100 free (45.85), provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the 100 free. He placed third in the 200 free (1:43.21) and joined the Dehli brothers and Smyth on the 200 and 400 free relays.

Gabriele earned second in the 200 breaststroke with an NCAA-qualifying time of 2:05.99. He also earned runner-up overall and the conference title in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:54.68. Gabriele finished third in the 100 breaststroke in 58.10.

Klimek led Grove City's diving squad by finishing third in both 1- and 3-meter diving. He earned 350.65 points on the low board and accumulated 370.10 points in 3-meter competition.

McKusick competed on the runner-up 200 free relay team and also finished eighth in the individual 200 free (1:48.53). Smyth, meanwhile, earned fifth in the 200 free (1:47.25) and 200 backstroke (1:50.94).

Gagliardo finished fourth in both diving events, posting a 1-meter score of 289.75 and a 3-meter total 295.60 points. Leuschner took sixth in the 200 free (1:47.49) while Satre captured third in the 200 butterfly (1:57.89) and sixth in the 100 fly (53.61).

Adam Walker finished third in the 400 individual medley (4:14.75) and fourth in the 200 breaststroke (2:09.33). Noah Walker finished seventh in both butterfly events. He posted a time of 54.20 in the 100 fly and a 2:01.87 effort in the 200 fly.

Grove City finished second in last weekend's meet, earning 728 team points. Westminster won with 741 points, marking the closest finish in Invitational history since 1996.

All-Conference recognition is determined by a formula that includes individual event winners, relay winners, NCAA qualifying standards met and individual points scored.

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