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Relay teams provide final edge
Monday, November 23, 2015

Relay teams provide final edge

Bill Bradley was part of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that pushed the Blue Devils past the Golden Flyers on Saturday.

Heading into the final event against Nazareth on Saturday, the men's swimming and diving team needed at least a first and third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay to clinch a win. They got it by less than a second.

The team of Bill Bradley (Dunkirk/Dunkirk), Will Baker (East Amherst, N.Y./Williamsville North), and brothers Graham Jones (Buffalo/Kenmore East) and Liam Jones (Buffalo/Kenmore East) finished just .19 seconds ahead of the second-place relay team from Nazareth. Adam Clouthier (Fairport/Fairport), Ben Chatley (Sanborn/Starpoint), and David Carls (Allegany/Allegany-Limestone) were joined by diver Arron Carlson (LeRoy/Notre Dame) to take third,.49 seconds ahead of the Golden Flyers' fourth-place team.

The performance gathered the team its second win of the season, 152-148.

"It was just a gutsy performance from the men," head coach Arthur Wang said. "We were fortunate to be on the winning side."

Before helping the team to a win, Arron Carlson set a new Steel Hall Natatorium record in the 3-meter dive of 348.75, breaking Eddie Quarantillo's (Canisius) record of 305.10 set in 2014. Carlson also took the 1-meter dive with a score of 301.75.

Baker, Clouthier, and Liam Jones each had first-place finishes on Saturday. Baker took both the 100-yard (49.72) and 200-yard freestyle (1:48.74), but finished second to Jones in the 50-yard freestyle (22.80). Jones's first place finish in the event (22.60) was almost half a second better than his previous best performance (23.00). Clouthier won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.37), besting teammate Jake Favret (Watertown/Watertown) by a tenth of a second (1:02.49).

Diver Rafael Santiago (Middletown/Middletown) took second in the 1-meter dive (280.10), while freshman Phil Tubbs (Jamestown/Jamestown) finished second in the 3-meter (237.95) and third in the 1-meter (257.65).

The team returns to action when they host the Blue Devil Invitational from Dec. 4-6 in Steele Hall.

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