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Ballance, Ibrahim shine for swimming and diving in tri-meet

The AU swimming and diving team won nine events and broke three meet records in a weekend meet against local rivals George Washington and Catholic.

The story of the day was Bobby Ballance, who won three events and led off the afternoon with a win in the 200 IM with a time of 1:56.98. In addition to Ballance, Dylan Rasnick, Harrison Volaski, Sean Cudahy and Ross Honig comprised an all-AU top five in the event.

Ballance broke the meet record for the 100 back, which he finished in 51.86. His time of 52.56 was good for first place in the 100 fly, and he posted third-place finishes in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly.

Matt Wurm and Charlie Taffet each won two events on the afternoon for the Eagles. Wurm’s time in the 500 fly of 4:39.59 broke the meet record by five seconds, and he won the 200 back with a time of 1:53.58. Wurm also placed second in the 100-yard freestyle.

Taffet won the 100 and 200 breaststroke with times of 1:00.39 and 2:12.31, respectively.

The meet also saw Rasnick, a freshman, earn his first career collegiate victory when he won the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:40.02.

On the women’s side, Grace Ibrahim’s time of 2:20.79 in the 200 fly gave her the win. Ibrahim also placed third in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:10.52 finish. A sixth-place finish in the 100 fly and a 10th-place finish in the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke gave Ibrahim five top 10 finishes on the afternoon.

Julia Von Heeringen finished the meet with three runner-up finishes in the 100 fly, 100 back and 200 back.

The Patriot League named Ballance, Male Swimmer of the Week and Ibrahim Female Swimmer of the Week Oct 15.

AU honored Kylie Smith and Andrew Jackwin as part of the annual Senior Day tradition.

The Eagles will be in action Oct. 27, when they host Howard in the Bender Splashdown.

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