November 12th, 2013

BU's first home swim meet in the books

John Spugnardi

Bellarmine University S.I.D.

BU's first home swim meet in the books
photo by Jeremy Hopkins / photo from

The Bellarmine University men's and women's swim team hosted their first-ever meet on Saturday, with both squads competing against Centre College and Franklin College at the Ralph E. Wright Natatorium at the University of Louisville.

The historic meet got off in distinct Bellarmine fashion as men's swimmer Christian Taylor opened the proceedings by singing the National Anthem. He later distinguished himself in the pool as Taylor teamed with Trent Mattingly, Jordan Clevenger and Charles Roelant to post a team record in the 200 medley relay (1:39.83).  Mattingly also recorded wins in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke.

Other top performances for the men included Taylor's victory in the 200 backstroke and his second place finishes in the 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley.  Freshman Justin Lok recorded season-best times in the 200 freestyle, 200 butterfly and 100 butterfly.

The Bellarmine women were led by freshmen Gretchen Cox with a challenging format in swimming the 1,000 free (2nd), 500 free (3rd) and then winning the 200 individual medley just before anchoring the freestyle relay.

Freshman Rachel Klein won the 50 freestyle and Amanda Forti recorded a second place in the 200 butterfly. Bellarmine also posted wins by freshmen Emma Bryan in the 100 and 200 backstroke events.

"We are extremely thrilled with the turnout we had for our meet Saturday," Bellarmine coach John Brucato said.  "We had great support from students, faculty and staff and family members of our swimmers."

In the double dual meet standings, the Knights fell short against both Centre (155-126.5, men; 154-103, women) and Franklin (162-99, men; 140-129, women).  Franklin came away with 2-0 records on both the men's and women's sides.

"Although we lost to Centre and Franklin on the team score," Brucato said, "we had strong performances across the board from every member of our team."



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