By Quinn Horner
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Competition resumed for the Falcons on Day 2 of the Art Adamson Invitational in College Station, Texas on November 17. Friday’s evening events consisted of the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3 meter diving, and 800 free relay.
Both the Air Force ‘A’ and ‘B’ 200 medley relays finished in the Top 10. Placing seventh overall, the “A” relay made up of Cole McAnany, Andrew Weiss, Steffen Mount and Michael Hannigan combined for a time of 1:29.38. The “B” relay with Joey Gebhart, Brendan Richichi, Jack Ayres, and Lars Knutson was 10th in 1:30.94.
In the 400 IM, senior Garret Glaudini was the top seed for the Falcons in the event and improved upon his prelims time to place eighth overall (3:55.19). Three Falcons swam together in the ‘B’ final to include sophomore Kyle Bundesmann taking ninth, junior Collin Green placed 10th (3:55.99), and freshman Peter Lochmaier for 15th (3:59.58). The four Falcons who returned to swim in the ‘C’ final of the 400 IM were senior Derek Brecht (3:58.19), sophomore Zach Nelson (3:58.51), freshman Vinny Vivadelli (4:02.13), and freshman Brady Moll (4:02.39).
The top finisher for Air Force in the 100 butterfly was junior Steffen Mount, finishing sixth and earning his second NCAA “B” cut of the day in this event. In prelims, Mount swam a 47.41 and in finals, a 47.67. Senior Joey Gebhart raced in the ‘B’ final placing 15th (50.58) and freshman Jack Ayres competed in the ‘C’ final finishing in 20th place overall with a time of 49.86.
The 100 breaststroke had four Falcons in the ‘B’ final. Sophomore Andrew Weiss was 11th (55.62), sophomore Zach Nelson was 13th (56.04), senior Derek Brecht was 15th (56.70), and freshman Brendan Richichi was 16th (56.85). Swimming in the ‘D’ final, Senior Lars Knutson finished 27th overall with a time of 57.43.
Just shy of his first NCAA B cut, sophomore Cole McAnany earned a sixth place finish in the 100 backstroke in 48.40. Senior Joey Gebhart was 13th overall in 49.20 and finishing 29th, freshman Ben Settle swam his event in 51.72.
In the final event of the night, the Air Force ‘A’ relay raced for a fourth-place finish in the 800 free relay for a time of 6:37.48 and was comprised of Mount, Orr, Glaudini, and Hannigan. The Falcon’s ‘B’ relay made up of Vivadelli, Riley Delahoyde, Green, and Knutson was 11th overall with a time of 6:51.68.
“The 800 free relay was definitely the highlight of our night,” according to Head Coach Rob Clayton. “After two long days of racing, the team was visibly tired going into the last event, but Steffen Mount had an incredible lead off leg on the ‘A’ relay. That set us up to fight hard and we almost held on for third-place finish, but we ended up fourth with some great swimming. Overall, this was a much better day for us. Tonight we had a lot of best times and guys stepped up. We made a move on Hawaii and we’re within striking distance to overtake them tomorrow.”
The team was in fifth place after Day 1 with 94 points and maintained their same standing after Day 2. With a combined score of 253 going in to Day 3. Air Force is 22 points behind their closest competitor of the meet, the University of Hawaii.
The third and final day of the Art Adamson Invitational finishes, Saturday November 18th. Prelims start at 9:30 CST and the events are 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, and the 200 butterfly. Platform diving prelims will start at 12:00 pm and the 1650 free will begin at 3:15 pm. Finals start at 6:00 pm and will include the 400 free relay and platform diving.
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