Men's swimming and diving wins home opener over Brandeis

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Xander Geiersbach won two individual events and helped a relay team to a victory for the Colby College men's swimming and diving team in a 192-102 victory over Brandeis University in the home opener Saturday.

Ryan Bedell (pictured), Travers Losert, And Carter Garfield also won two individual events for the Mules, who took a 145-143 win against Brandeis last year.
 
"The meet was a good reflection of the teams’ collective focus and dedication to training over the first part of the season," Colby head coach Tom Burton said. "It also shows the significant improvement we have made in a year. Last year, both the women’s and men’s meet with Brandeis went down to the last relay."
 
Geiersbach won the 100 backstroke in 53.84 and the 200 backstroke with a 1:57.88. He also swam the lead leg for Colby's winning (1:38.78) 200 medley relay team. Geiersbach teamed with Max Babej, Matt Jones, and Jake Gray for the victory.
 
Bedell took the 500 freestyle (4:49.70) and the 1,000 freestyle (9:54.72), while Garfield won the 100 breaststroke (1:00.00) and 200 individual medley (1:59.68). Losert won both the 1-meter diving (237.75 points) and the 3-meter (245.50). 
 
First-years Darrel Choi and Babej also had individual wins for the Mules. Choi took the 200 butterfly (1:58.71) and Babej captured the 200 breaststroke (2:13.43).
 
The Mules received seconds from John Connors (200 freestyle), Babej (100 breaststroke), Jacob Tower (50 freestyle), Garfield (100 freestyle), Jones (100 butterfly), Henry Toulmini (1-meter diving), and Charlie Allen (3-meter diving).
 
"We swam and dove well, especially for the weekend before examinations," Burton said. "It was a nice capstone meet for the end of the semester,  which will be a good motivator for our training efforts moving forward."
 
The Mules head off to their winter training trip in Ponce, Puerto Rico, before returning to action against Hamilton College on Sunday, Jan. 6, at noon at Wesleyan University.