GAFFNEY, S.C. – Gardner-Webb men's swimming rallied from 17 points down to take a 106-99 win over Limestone in a non-conference dual swim Friday afternoon on the road.
The Runnin' Bulldogs used a win in the day's final event, the 200 free relay, to beat the Saints. The quartet of Andrew Linzie, Mason Hutchinson, Connor Bos and Josh Clarke teamed up for a time of 1:24.92 to beat Limestone's foursome by nearly two seconds.
"I don't think I've ever been a part of a dual where the winning team was behind most of the time," said head coach Mike Simpson. "Our guys led only twice, after the second event and after the final relay. At our team retreat this past week, the group heard about being resilient. Today they learned how to apply it.
"Peter Wakeley came up big with two wins and we are very proud of our guys for fighting back from 17 points down to get the victory. A team effort for sure."
Wakeley touched first in the 400 IM race in a time of 4:12.87 to score key points for the Runnin' Bulldogs and later raced to a first-place time of 4:47.39 in the 500 free. Bos was first to the wall in the 50 back race, swimming that distance in 23.64 seconds for the win.
Gardner-Webb had several second-place finishes throughout the day to stay close to Limestone, before pulling out the team victory.
Hutchinson had a second-place finish in the 200 free (1:45.28), Linzie took second in the 50 free (21.56) and Elliot Gayken touched the wall second in the 100 IM (54.86). Andrew Knudson (50 fly) and Jake Ennis (50 breast) also had second-place finishes for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Gardner-Webb hits the pool again on Saturday afternoon, traveling to Spartanburg, S.C., to take on a very strong UMBC team.