Mount Union's Men's Swimming and Diving team swim two away meets this week against St. Vincent (Fri. Nov 16 at 4:30 p.m.) and at Ohio Wesleyan in the Corbiere-Merion Invite (Sat. Nov 17).
Last season, the Purple Raiders deafeated St. Vincent 163-90 in Hammond Natatorium.
The Purple Raiders have won three straight meets and are coming off a 125-80 victory in their last meet over Ohio Athletic Conference rival John Carroll last Friday evening (Nov. 9), and have a 3-1 overall record on the season and are 2-0 in the OAC.
Senior Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor) was impressive in the meet against John Carroll finishing first in three events; the 200 IM (2:06.29) the 500 freestyle (4:56.20), and swam the first leg of the 200 medley relay (1:39.95) which has the third fastest time in the conference this season, included teammates: sophomores Brian Ruhe (Versailles/Versailles), Joe Simpson (Hudson/Walsh Jesuit), and freshman Gavin Rundell (Mount Vernon/Mount Vernon).
Ruhe swam the 100 breaststroke (1:05.98), while Simpson placed first in the 100 butterfly (54:71) and was part of the last event of the evening, the 200 freestyle relay (1:28.88) which currently has the second fastest time in the OAC this season, included teammates: freshmen Matt Campbell (Louisville/Louisville), John Sopko (Kent/Kent Theodore Roosevelt) and junior Austin Moreland (Dover/New Philadelphia). Junior Mike Zappa (Shelby/Shelby) helped the Raiders take the top two sports in the 100 fly by placing second (54:91).
Rundell finished first in the 200 yard freestyle (1:47.39) and second in the 500 freestyle (5:03.95).
Freshman Michael Branch (Las Vegas, Nev/Palo Verde) placed first in the longest event of the meet, the 1000 freestyle (10:40.14) and finished fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:01.59). Freshman Andrew Oktavec (Brunswick/Brunswick) and sophomore Ryan Kmet (North Royalton/North Royalton) finished second and third respectively with times of 10:56.90 and 11:23.74 in the 1000 freestyle.
Sophomore Harrison Falconer (Canton/Canton Central Catholic) dove to a first place finish in the one meter diving competition (94.15), which was his first collegiate diving competition of his career.
The Raiders have swum some impressive times in individual events which rank among the top times in the OAC this season. Brocious, first in both the 500 free (4:56.20), the 1000 free (10:09.04), and fourth in the 200 free (1:49.72). Birnbrich ranks third in the 50 free (22.22), second in the 50 back (26.20), and fifth in the 100 back (57.09). Greisl ranks fourth in the 100 free (49.45), while Rundell ranks second in the 200 free (1:47.39) and fourth in the 500 free (5:01.31). Branch ranks sixth in the 1000 free (10:40.14) while teammates Simpson and Zappa rank third (54.71) and fourth (54.79) respectively in the 100 fly.
Mount Union's men's relays have been a big part of their success early on and some of their times rank amongst the top times in the conference this season.
The 200 freestyle relay (1:28.88) composed of Greisl, Rogers, Zappa, and Birnbrich ranks second, the 400 free relay (3:16.69) composed of Zappa, Rundell, Brocious, and Greisl ranks second, and the 200 medley relay (1:39.95) comprosed of Brocious, Ruhe, Simpson and Rundell ranks third.