Records fall on day one of Delta State Christmas Invitational

CLEVELAND, Miss.—Four school swimming and diving records were broken on Saturday after the first day of the Delta State Christmas Invitational.

On the men's side, sophomore Duncan Bonney broke the school records in the 50 free (21.11) and 200 IM (1:51.87). His 200 IM time was below the NCAA national consideration cut. Bonney was also a member of the 200 free relay team that set a new school record; he and his relay teammates (sophomore Drew Priede, freshman Scott Taylor, and sophomore Saul Hack) combined for a new record time of 1:26.09. The 200 medley relay record was also shattered by over three seconds for a time of 1:35.02. That team consisted of Taylor, Bonney, sophomore Matt Gonzalez, and Priede.

Priede improved his 500 free time by eight seconds between preliminaries and finals with a time of 4:39.65. Taylor also placed 15th in the 200 IM with a time of 1:57.06, and Gonzalez was 21st in the same category with a time of 1:59.92.

In diving action, senior Cody Spradlin placed fourth in one-meter diving with a score of 346.45.

For the women, sophomore Hannah Busk led the way, finishing eighth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:11.35. She was also a member of the 200 free relay team (along with sophomores Molly Waddell and Kristen Stempak and freshman Marilyn Rowell) that placed fifth with a time of 1:39.70. Busk also teamed with freshman Erica Dekle, Rowell, and Stempak in the 200 medley relay that finished sixth with a time of 1:52.03.

Dekle also finished 18th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:16.46, and sophomore Peyton Langley was 21st with a time of 2:19.87. Stempak was 11th in the 50 free with a time of 24.62, and Waddell was 14th in the same race with a time of 24.88.

The teams return to action on Sunday and Monday for more Christmas Invitational action.