Men's Swimming Takes Fifth at OAC Championships

Photo by Randy Sarvis
Photo by Randy Sarvis


AKRON, Ohio – The Wilmington College men's swimming team tallied three top-eight finishes on the final day of the 2018 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday evening.

As a team, the Fightin' Quakers finished in fifth place with 312 points, just seven points behind fourth place Baldwin Wallace University. John Carroll University won the conference title with 826.5 points.

Andrew Stewart was Wilmington's top individual finisher on Saturday as he took third place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.66. Ian Simpson of Ohio Northern University finished just one tenth of a second ahead of Stewart.

David Bellus finished in sixth place in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:59.29. He was less than five seconds off the winner, Pete He of Ohio Northern. Cody Nash was the other Quaker to place in the finals of an event as he took seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:12.87. Freedie Snowden took first in the consolation final of the event with a time of 2:13.74.

The Quakers finished fourth in the final event of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay. Stewart, Hayesx Tillapaugh, David Bellus and Cody Nash swam a time of 3:14.85, beating the Yellow Jacket team by two-tenths of a second.

"We put in a great year of work and swam well this weekend," Head Men's Swimming Coach Trip Breen said. "They really reaped the reward of all the time in the water of this season."