JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Gardner-Webb men's swimming dropped a heartbreaker on the second day of the 2016-2017 season, falling to Florida Atlantic by a score of 137-125.
"Today was a tough loss," said head coach Mike Simpson. "Everyone stepped up after we left guys home for various reasons. Guys filled in the gaps and we took it down to the last relay. Our guys were very disappointed, but this will make us tougher and more resilient. Connor Bos and Hal McKay stepped up like seniors should. Connor won two events and Hal ran two guys down in the 200 free and finished great in the 100. Our distance men – Peter Wakeley, Mason Hutchinson and Brandon Chason – dominated the 500 and 1,000, with Peter winning the 1,000 and Mason winning the 500. Jordan Mintz won the 100 and 200 breast again today, while Josh Clarke won his first college event."
The 200 medley relay team of Connor Bos, Jake Ennis, Andrew Knudsen and Hal McKay took second place in a time of 1:35.74, and Weekly followed with his win in the 1,000 free – touching in 9:58.72 to beat teammate Brandon Chason.
Josh Clarke and Hal McKay finished one-two in the 200 free with Clark touching the wall with a time of 1:44.65 to continue Gardner-Webb's momentum.
Bos responded with a win in the 100 back, nipping Florida Atlantic's John Brennock by two tenths of a second (51.01) and Jordan Mintz kept the streak alive with a time of 59.55 to win the 100 breast.
Knudsen finished second in the 200 fly and Bos came through with another win, this time with a finish of 21.49 in the 50 free.
FAU rattled off a pair of wins to stem the tide before Mintz captured the win in his 200 breast race (2:10.33). Hutchinson then took the win in the 500 free (4:47.95), topping teammates Wakeley (4:48.20) and Chason (4:49.79).
Florida Atlantic's Marco Leo won back-to-back races for the Owls, then FAU took the 400 free relay to finish the meet on top.
Gardner-Webb is back in action on Friday, October 28, at Limestone. The start is set for 4:00 pm in Gaffney, S.C.