February 12, 2016

Grove City in second after Longnecker night two

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City men's swimming and diving team used runner-up finishes in two relays and a strong showing in the 100 fly to move into second place after Day Two of competition at the James E. Longnecker Swimming and Diving Invitational and Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships on Friday night in the Longnecker Competition Pool.

Grove City's foursome of freshman Dane Hoselton , junior Josiah Vehrs (Fresno, Calif./Homeschooled), freshman Rhys Dickhudt (Troy, Mich./Bloomfield Christian) and senior Jordan Dehli (Moneta, Va./Staunton River) opened the night with a second-place showing in the 200 medley relay, posting a time of 1 minute, 34.08 seconds.

Junior Jeremy Kim (Frederick, Md./New Life Christian), sophomore Andrew Kisak (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic), Dickhudt and Vehrs would later close the meet with a runner-up finish in the 800 free relay, holding off Washington & Jefferson with a time of 7:09.06.

Dickhudt led the Wolverines individually on the night, lead Grove City's surge up the leaderboard in the 100 fly with a second-place time of 51.98 seconds, just edging Kim's third-place mark of 52.02. Sophomore Brett Gwynn (Irwin, Pa./Hempfield) took seventh in 52.80, while senior Josh Blasdell (Leesburg, Va./Homeschooled) and junior Randon Hoselton (Naples, N.Y./Naples Central) went 1-2 in the consolation final to finish ninth (52.93) and 10th (53.24), respectively.

Dane Hoselton finished fifth in the 100 back in 52.54 seconds while Blasdell once again led a 1-2 Wolverine finish in the consolation final with junior Jake Marino (Irwin, Pa./Penn Trafford), taking ninth (53.86) and 10th (54.48) overall in the event.

Two Grove City athletes added sixth-place individual finishes. Senior Nick Wargo (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) took sixth in the 400 individual medley in 4 minutes, 24.69 seconds while Vehrs was second in the 200 free in 1:47.54.

Senior Tim Bergquist (Kent, Wash./Kentridge) won the consolation final of the 100 breast to finish ninth overall, posting a career-best mark of 59.13 seconds -- the third fastest time of the meet.

Westminster has moved into the lead after night two with 487 points. Grove City sits in second with 368 points, just 14 points ahead of Washington & Jefferson (354) and 37 points ahead of Saint Vincent (331). Penn State Behrend rounds out the top five with 286 points.

Washington & Jefferson leads the men's competition after night one with 188 points. Westminster is in second with 180 points while Grove City is third with 154. Saint Vincent (136) and Penn State Behrend (123) round out the top five.

The third and final full day of competition begins tomorrow with preliminary heats at 10 a.m. Senior recognition will begin tomorrow night at 5:15 p.m. with the start of finals to follow at 5:30.


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