MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s swimming and diving teams dropped a 178-103 decision to the Buffalo Bulls Saturday afternoon at Lewellen Aquatic Center. Drew Tharp earned an individual win for the Cardinals while Jake Brehmer was able to score the second-best 3-meter score in school history.
Brehmer earned a lifetime-best score of 356.18 on the 3-meter which puts him second all-time in Ball State men’s diving history. His score puts him ahead of Dave Garrow who earned a score of 352.80 in the 1997 season. Brehmer only trails Dave Keener in the record books. Keener’s school record of 357.075 was accomplished during the 1993 season. Brehmer would finish second in the 1-meter with a score of 298.50.
In the 1000 free JD Middleton turned in a season-best time of 10:19.01 while Andrew Lamb finished in 10:24.64. Michael Oaks finished third in the 200 free with a 1:47.12 while Neal Fennig and Jacob Eckert turned in a 1:54.40. In the 100 back, Tucker Hale finished with a 56.58 for fourth place. Logan Kisinger and Cam Watters turned in times of 57.33 and 59.03. Conner Snare clocked a season-best time of 1:03.76 in the 100 breast while Mitch Prather touched at 1:07.85.
Ball State earned its first win of the meet when Drew Tharp turned in a season-best time of 1:53.36 in the 200 fly. Tanner Barton came in third with a time of 1:55.75 while Bradley Ridge turned in a 2:07.77.
In the 50 free, Austin Green came in second place with a 24.48 while Cole Smith and Michael Oaks turned times of 24.88 and 25.09, respectively. The 100 free saw Austin Green, Michael Oaks and Neal Fennig finish third through fifth with times of 48.30, 48.72 and 49.12.
In the 200 back Tucker Hale was the top finisher for Ball State with a 2:02.27. Andrew Lamb and Cameron Watters clocked times of 2:03.04 and 2:07.89. Conner Snare finished second in the 200 breast with a 2:18.88 while Mitch Prather turned in a 2:30.23.
Drew Tharp earned fourth place in the 500 free with a 4:46.22, his first time swimming the event this season. JD Middleton clocked a 4:57.59. In the 100 fly, Tanner Barton came in second place with a 52.21. Cole Smith and Bradley Ridge finished with times of 55.52 and 56.12. In the 200 IM, Tanner Barton finished with a 2:03.45 while Conner Snare earned a season-best time of 2:04.11. Jacob Eckert earned a time of 2:06.67.
The men are back in action next Saturday, Feb. 8 when they host Miami for a 2 p.m. dual meet. The event will also serve as senior night. Check ballstatesports.com for more news and information on Ball State men’s swimming and diving.