Britons Take Step Forward

Britons Take Step Forward

ALBION, Mich. – Had it not listed its swimmers and divers as exhibition late in the meet, Albion College would have won 13 of 16 events as it dunked Hope College 152-123, in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association men's dual meet inside the Dean Aquatic Center.

All-American diver Jake Burris achieved regional qualifying scores in both the 1- and 3-meter events, All-American Nate Kozycki and Jake Huttenlocher swam on both winning relays and Huttenlocher added a first place finish in the 100 free, Mac Robertson displayed his versatility by taking first place in the 50- and 500-yard freestyle events, and honorable mention All-American Parker Belmore scored first place in the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke events.

Yet, the performance of Chris Breen in winning the 1,000 freestyle in 10:39.01 that gained the most attention from Head Coach Jake Taber.

"Chris swam the race of the meet," Taber said.

Taber added, "It was the type of meet we needed. Some people were able to take a step forward in their primary events. Parker had not competed in the 200 freestyle this season until today. (Hope's) Dan Clyde gave him a great race, and they are both better for it."

Burris achieved scores of 284 in the 1-meter competition and 299 ½ on the 3-meter board.

Other highlights for the Britons included Hunter Jackman joining the winning 200 medley relay and scoring first place points in the 200 breaststroke, Tyler Kimbrell winning the 100 breaststroke and Ian Moran winning the 100 backstroke.

Next up for Albion is a three-day meet (Nov. 17-19) at the University of Chicago.

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