Tue, Feb. 21, 2012 - [Men's Swimming/Diving]
by Jack Metz for the Sports Information Office
Loras men swimmers and divers, who were 6-2 overall during the season and 2-1 in the Iowa Conference in second place, finished the three-day Liberal Arts Championships alone in fourth place with 367 points.
The Duhawks finished behind conference opponent Luther College, who tied for second place with Illinois Tech posting a point total of 521, while Lindewood University claimed its third consecutive team title with 1,018 points.
"We had a pretty good season, going into the Liberal Arts meet we had broken four school records on the men's side (both backstrokes and butterflies by first-year Jake Bridenbaugh)," said coach Doug Colin. "Bridenbaugh made B cuts in 4 NCCA provisional events, and we will find out if he makes it in a couple weeks.
Loras was able to set some school records during the meet in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:26.34), 400-yard freestyle relay (3:11.25), 800-yard freestyle relay (7:02.66), and the 200-yard medley relay (1:36.98).
Bridenbaugh carried over his success in the regular season placing fourth in the 200-yard medley relay with teammates first-year Tyler Beauchamp, junior Ryan Momberger, and senior Andy Paper and second in the 800-yard freestyle with teammates first-year Matt Bogen, senior Ricky Lukacs, and Pape, who was able to win in the 50-yard freestyle, after a season full of fighting the injury bug.
"It's cool to see how I stack up against the best, I enjoy the competition the other teams bring to the table. I think it's great to always have someone out there that is faster than me so that I can keep training to beat them," said Bridenbaugh. "I am very proud of my teammates in the relays. They are a great group of guys. I couldn't have broken any of the records without them."
Individual races Bridenbaugh finished third in both the 100-yard backstroke and butterfly races with finishes of 51.60 seconds making it a Loras record and 50.36 seconds, respectively. The first-year flashed a bulletin to the competition that his name will be one seen regularly over the next few years as he leads the swimming team, breaking any records that stand in the way.
"I missed a few of the NCAAs A cuts by just a small margin so that was kind of a disappointment but hopefully I made it to NCAAs with my B cuts. There were a few events I was disappointed with like my 100 butterfly. I really wanted to beat Lindenwood's swimmer but it wasn't a good race for me."
As for the mindset headed into next season, Bridenbaugh kept it short and sweet.