Britons Complete Undefeated MIAA Run In Duals

Britons Complete Undefeated MIAA Run In Duals

ALBION, Mich. - Albion College put the exclamation point on an undefeated season against Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association rivals in dual meets with a 141-49 victory over Olivet College inside the Dean Aquatic Center.

While going 5-0 in dual meets is a fine accomplishment, the Britons now turn their attention to the MIAA Championship, set for Feb. 15-18 at the Holland Aquatic Center.

"Our conference dual meet record is something that we are absolutely going to be excited about today, and tomorrow we're going to recognize it doesn't matter," Head Coach Jake Taber said. "We will make sure our focus is where it needs to be two weeks from now."

Albion's seniors were in the spotlight at the end of the meet as A.J. Mattson took first place in the 400-yard individual medley (4:29.03) and Sebastian Tostado, Derek Bosko, Nick Burris and Nick Deppner swam away with the 400 freestyle relay (3:21.30). Tostado, leading off the relay with a backstroke swim, set the pool record with a 51.5-second split.

Tostado set a second pool record Friday, winning the 200 free in 1:41.57. Parker Belmore, a junior, also completed his race under the pool record, but he settled for second in 1:42.85.

"We've done a couple things differently with Sebastian this year and I think he's ready to shine," Taber said of the swimmer who won league titles in the 200 backstroke and 200 IM last year.

The other pool record went to sophomore Gerardo Huidobro who completed the 200 breaststroke in 2:06.66.

Not to be outdone, sophomore Jake Burris improved the school record in 1-meter diving to 317.10 and classmate Henry Swett was not far behind at 303.21. Burris was awarded scores of 7 ½ and 8 on his fifth (a forward 1 ½ somersault with a twist) and sixth (a reverse 1 ½ somersault, 1 ½ twist) dives.

Burris achieved scores of 7, 8 ½ and 8 on a forward 2 ½ somersault with a twist in boosting his 3-meter score to 334.05. Swett was second at 295.25.