(GAMBIER, Ohio) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's swimming and diving team completed competition at the Total Performance Invitational at Kenyon College against Division I Ohio State University and Davidson College, Division II Ashland University, and fellow Division III members Grove City College and Susquehanna University. The Tartans placed second with 1,687 points while Kenyon won the meet with 2,882.50 points.
Junior Gabe Bamforth (Cambridge, Mass. / CRLS) nearly set a new school record on the 3-meter diving board with 542.80 points. He was 4.7 points off his own school-record mark of 547.50 which was set last year at the Total Performance Invitational.
Sophomore Daniel Li (Charlotte, N.C. / Providence) placed 13th in the 500-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 4:42.38 with freshman Andrew Joyner (Holly Springs, N.C. / Tar Heel Springs Academy) touching two places behind him in 4:43.79.
Freshman Jeremy Tinucci (Castle Rock, Colo. / Rock Canyon) was seventh in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:53.79 while freshman Max Gonzalez (Allison Park, Pa. / North Allegheny) placed 12th in the 100-yard butterfly in a season-best time of 51.22. Freshman James Kirkby (West Chester, Pa. / West Chester East) earned his top time in the 100-yard butterfly in 51.29 during the preliminaries and placed 14th in the finals (51.78) after being out-touched by sophomore Sam Hawke (Malvern, Pa. / Episcopal Academy) in 51.44.
Junior Winston Chu (Warren, N.J. / Saint Peter's Prep) earned a 10th-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with a season-best time of 2:06.72. Sophomore Connor Clayton (Simpsonville, S.C. / Mauldin) was 13th in the event in a season-best 2:09.10.
Hawke had his best showing of the year in the 100-yard freestyle preliminaries, touching in 46.50. He later placed ninth in the finals in 46.97. Freshman Justin Britton (Falls Church, Va. / George Mason) touched in 47.32 in the finals to place 10th but had a season-best time of 46.42 in the preliminaries.
Three Tartans swam in the top final of the 200-yard IM with Gonzalez finishing sixth in 1:54.12. Sophomore Rip Lyster (Naples, Fla. / Gulf Coast) was eighth in 1:55.28 and freshman Brandon Li (Aurora, Colo. / Cherry Creek) was 10th in 1:56.93. Both Lyster and Li recorded season-best times during preliminaries with marks of 1:54.33 and 1:54.69, respectively.
The 400-yard freestyle relay of Britton, Gonzalez, sophomore Richard Deng (West Windsor, N.J. / West Windsor Plainsboro South), and Hawke finished sixth in a season-best time of 3:05.84.
The Tartans will break from competition until January 13 when they travel to Westminster College for a 12:00 p.m. meet.