After finishing as runner-up six straight years, the St. Bonaventure men’s swimming team finally secured that elusive Atlantic 10 team championship on Saturday night in Geneva, Ohio. Bona finished with 688 points to finish ahead of second-place Massachusetts (613.5).
The Bonnies, who last won the team title in 2006, looked to end the suspense early in the meet, going 1-3 in the 200 backstroke to collect 36 points. Vatslav Lets added to his A-10 title collection Saturday, winning the event in 1:45.35. Lets won three individual titles and was a part of four winning relays during the four-day tournament. Michael Pilyugin took third.
The Bonnies then went 1-2 in the 100 freestyle (good for 37 points) as Viacheslav Shchukin captured the title in 43.92 seconds, followed by Jimmy Martin. Mike Murphy won the 3-meter diving and the Bona 400 free relay team of Lets, Martin, Shchukin and Pilyugin capped the coronation with a victory in 2:57.47.
The Bona women finished eighth in a meet won by Richmond.
TRACK AND FIELD: The University at Buffalo’s Shante’ White and Miles Lewis captured individual titles to close the Mid-American Conference championship meet at Eastern Michigan.
White won the women’s weight throw with a distance of 69-feet, 8-inches to shatter the school record previously set by Faith Thompson (Niagara Falls) by more than 4 feet. White earned MAC Most Outstanding Female Field Performer. Teammate Jonathan Jones captured the male version of the honor Friday after setting a MAC record in winning the shot put.
For the UB men, who placed fourth, Lewis won the 60-meter dash in a time of 6.82 seconds. Eastern Michigan won the men’s title. The UB women placed sixth. Kent State won the team title. Kent State’s Wayne Gordon (Sweet Home) took second in the 200 and third in the 60.