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Dukes Finish Third at 2010 Atlantic 10 Championship

Feb. 20, 2010


Duquesne's men's swimming team equaled its all-time best finish at a conference championship by placing third at the 2010 Atlantic 10 Championship. Junior Edward LeBlanc, who set four conference records at the meet, was named the championship's Most Outstanding Performer.

The final day of the event opened with Roman Becicka taking fifth place in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:00.39. Following him for DU were Chris Kobela in 10th place and Matt Wollenschlaeger in 15th.

In the 200 backstroke, Greg Matuszewski led DU with an eighth place showing in 1:51.78. He was follwed by Mitchell Smith in 10th and Hunter Chiasson in 16th.

LeBlanc then captured his third individual gold medal of the championship and his second Atlantic 10 record with a time of 44.32 in the 100 freestyle. The time was also LeBlanc's third NCAA "B" cut time. He was follwed by Brendan Schilling, who placed seventh.

In the 200 breaststroke, Ian Walsh claimed fifth place with a time of 2:06.03 while Mark Krchnak finished 10th overall.

Four Dukes scored in the 200 buttterfly, led by Jim O'Hara in fourth in 1:52.29. He was followed by Dan Doyle in eighth, Bryan Bouvier in 12th and Wollenschlaeger in 14th.



The Red and Blue put an exclamation point on the championship by winning the 400 free relay with a school and Atlantic 10 record time of 3:00.67, which was also an NCAA "B" cut time.

In all, the Dukes had six NCAA "B" cut times, four Atlantic 10 records, four individual school records and four relay school records.


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