(GAMBIER, Ohio) – The Carnegie Mellon University men's swimming and diving team continued competition at the Total Performance Invitational hosted by Kenyon College on Friday, December 1. Numerous season-best times were achieved with freshman Max Gonzalez (Allison Park, Pa. / North Allegheny) recording an NCAA provisional qualifying time.
The 200-yard freestyle relay set a season-best time when freshman Justin Britton (Falls Church, Va. / George Mason), Gonzalez, sophomore Richard Deng (West Windsor, N.J. / West Windsor Plainsboro South), and sophomore Sam Hawke (Malvern, Pa. / Episcopal Academy) placed fourth in 1:23.54.
Sophomore Rip Lyster (Naples, Fla. / Gulf Coast) placed sixth in the 200-yard butterfly in a season-best time of 1:53.03. Fellow sophomore Alex Rastelli (Norwell, Mass. / Norwell) also swam in the finals of the 200-yard butterfly and placed ninth in a season-best time of 1:53.67.
Gonzalez touched sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:40.29 and did even better in the preliminaries with a time of 1:40.17.
Junior Winston Chu (Warren, N.J. / Saint Peter's Prep) was just shy of the school record in the 100-yard breaststroke when he finished second in 55.96. Chu's brother Matthew finished seventh in the event in 56.63. Both times are season-best times.
Britton picked up a season-best time in the 100-yard backstroke during the preliminaries. His time of 50.21 got him to the top final where he placed seventh in 50.68 during the evening swim. Deng recorded a career-best time in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.13 and touched 12th overall in 21.17 in the finals.
The 400-yard medley relay team of Britton, Winston Chu, Gonzalez, and Hawke closed the meet with a sixth-place finish in 3:23.31.
Junior Gabe Bamforth (Cambridge, Mass. / CRLS) finished first on the 1-meter diving board with a season-best score of 489.85 points. Senior DeShawn Green (Newport News, Va. / Warwick) recorded a season-best score of 365.85 during the preliminaries and placed fourth in the finals with a score of 345.25.
The meet will conclude Saturday evening after finals in the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard breaststroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard IM, and 400-yard freestyle relay.