Wheeling Jesuit University took home first place in the Fredonia Blue Devil Invite, finishing with 725 points, as the John Carroll University men’s swimming and diving team placed fifth, earning 446 over the three days.
Over the first two days of the Blue Devil Invite, the Blue Streaks hung around near the top of the leaderboard, despite earning only one victory.
That lone victory came courtesy of freshman Tom Pacak, who placed first in the 500 free with a time of 4:42.89.
Although there were no other individual victories, there was another highlight on day two, as freshman Jack Garrow broke a school record in the 200 Backstroke, finishing with a time of 1:57.03, beating the school record held by Eric Rapp in 1994 by almost a full second.
Both Pacak and Garrow put together strong performances on day three as well. Pacak placed first in the 200 Free with a time of 1:42.72. Garrow earned a fourth place finish in the finals of the 100 Back with a time of 53.33.
Another pair of freshmen earned points for the Blue Streaks in the 200 Breast. David Kirtek placed third with a time of 2:12.81 and Egan Paul earned a fifth place finish with a time of 2:14.61.
JCU will have a long layoff as their next meet will be after Christmas break, when they will host Oberlin College on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Johnson Natatorium for their third non-conference meet.