February 13, 2015

Grove City men still second after night two

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's swimming and diving remains in second place after the second night of competition at the 2015 James E. Longnecker Invitational/Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships in the James E. Longnecker Competition Pool.

Westminster leads the men's standings with 553.5 points while the Wolverines have earned 424.5 points through two nights. Saint Vincent sits in third with 330 points while Washington and Jefferson is fourth with 319.

In one of the more surprising results of the night, Grove City's foursome of sophomore Jeremy Kim (Frederick, Md./New Life Christian), sophomore Josiah Vehrs (Fresno, Calif./Homeschooled), senior Jim Bossert (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek) and sophomore Drew Nosbisch (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) highlighted the night by closing the day with a come-from-behind upset victory in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 6:55.69.

Seeded third with a time nearly seven seconds slower than both Saint Vincent and Westminster, the Wolverines overcame a fast start from the Bearcats to take the lead at the 550-meter mark as Bossert swam a 1:43.15 for his leg. While Saint Vincent fell off, it was then up to Nosbisch to hold off Westminster's Mitch Stahara- who had won the 200 free title earlier in the night. Nosbisch did just that, recording an anchor leg time of 1:42.11 to give the Wolverines the win by less than a second.

Grove City opened the day with a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay as sophomore Jake Marino (Irwin, Pa./Penn Trafford), sophomore Daniel Peng (Indiana, Pa./Indiana), freshman Brett Gwynn (Irwin, Pa./Hempfield) and junior Jordan Dehli (Moneta, Va./Staunton River) swam a time of 1:34.25 to come from behind and edge Penn State Behrend by just .02 seconds.

Nosbisch (50.92) and Gwynn (51.27) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 fly final while Kim took fourth in the 200 free (1:44.61). Bossert was fifth in the 100 breast (58.93) while Marino earned seventh place in the 100 back (53.22). Freshman Joshua Walker (The Woodlands, Texas/Concordia Lutheran) also added an eighth-place finish in the 400 individual medley (4:28.94).

The final day of competition will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. with preliminary heats. Finals are slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Team Standings
1. Westminster College             553.5   2. Grove City College              424.5
3. Saint Vincent College             330   4. Washington & Jefferson College    319
5. Penn State Behrend                265   6. Univ of Pittsburgh at Bradford    150
7. Penn State Altoona                 99   8. Cabrini College                    89
8. Bethany College                    89


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