ROCHESTER, Mich. (SMU) - The SMU men’s swimming & diving team captured its fifth straight NIC Championship and ninth consecutive overall conference championship on Saturday in Rochester, Michigan. SMU blew away the competition racking up 1,005.5 points in the four day event. On Saturday the Mustangs won four events for the second straight day.
Sophomore Ian Clark won his third individual gold medal winning the 200 back in 1:44.29. In the next event, the 100 free, Camilo Becerra matched Clark in the gold medal count as he touched first in 43.97 just edging out teammate Per Nylin (44.71). The Mustangs swept the medals in the 200 fly with Ric Hampson (1:47.72) taking gold, Justin Smith (1:48.22) grabbing silver, and Ferdi Postma (1:51.81) winning the bronze.
Senior co-captain Beau Sydes took home second place in the platform diving competition with 434.30 points
SMU closed the meet winning 400 free relay in 2:59.37.
Hawai’i finished in a distant second with 740.5 points. Oakland followed in third with 644 and South Dakota State was fourth (313).
The men’s swimming and diving team returns to action March 25-57, when members who have qualified will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to participate in the NCAA Championships.