McDaniel finishes ninth at F&M Invite

Stephen Gomez © 2009 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Gomez places fourth in 200 fly

LANCASTER, Pa. - Stephen Gomez (Charlottesville, Va./Albermarle) finished fourth in the 200 butterfly to lead McDaniel to a ninth-place finish at the 2009 Franklin & Marshall Invitational in men's swimming action on Saturday and Sunday.

The Green Terror recorded 116 points. College of New Jersey won the 10-team event with 826.5 points.

Gomez recorded the top finish for McDaniel, finishing the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:00.73. He also added a 10th-place showing in the 400 IM with a time of 4:29.15.

Jason Harder (Philadelphia, Pa./Pennington) finished 13th in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:09.89.

Morgan DeHart (Salisbury, Md./Wicimico) and Chris Steinheimer (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) placed 14th (18:07.89) and 15th (18:24.70), respectively, in the 1,650 freestyle to round out individual point scorers for the Green Terror.

The 400 free relay team of Gomez, DeHart, Jono Leafblad (Garnee, Ill./Warren Twp.) and Bryan Nuckles (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Academy) was the top relay of the weekend for the Green Terror, placing seventh with a time of 3:28.54.

Wes Henry (Greencastle, Pa./Perkiomen) joined Nuckles, Leafblad and Gomez in the 400 medley relay, which finished eighth with a time of 3:57.69.

Henry, Nuckles, DeHart and Gomez were ninth in the 200 free relay (1:34.08) while Nuckles, DeHart, Leaflad and Henry teamed for a ninth-place showing in the 200 medley relay (1:47.23).

The Green Terror returns to action at Dickinson on Jan. 16. Meet time is 1 p.m.

Team Scores: 1. College of New Jersey 826.5, 2. Franklin & Marshall 554, 3. Gettysburg 446, 4. Rowan 382, 5. Widener 342.5, 6. Susquehanna 271, 7. St. Mary's (Md.) 191, 8. Marymount 120, 9. McDaniel 116, 10. Elizabethtown 60.

McDaniel Results: 200 Free Relay: 9. Wes Henry, Bryan Nuckles, Morgan DeHart, Stephen Gomez 1:34.08; 500 Free: 18. Gomez 5:04.68, 25. DeHart 5:14.09, 30. Chris Steinheimer 5:22.77; 200 IM: 35. Jason Harder 2:14.42; 50 Free: 18. Nuckles 22.78, 35. Henry 23.63, 47. Erik Brennan 27.65; 400 Medley Relay: 8. Nuckles, Jono Leafblad, Gomez, Henry 3:57.69; 200 Medley Relay: 9. Nuckles, DeHart, Leafblad, Henry 1:47.23; 400 IM: 10. Gomez 4:29.15, 14. DeHart 4:39.56, 18. Harder 4:47.39; 100 Butterfly: 28. Leafblad 57.79; 200 Free: 29. Steinheimer 1:57.99, 30. Henry 1:58.25; 100 Breaststroke: 18. Leafblad 1:06.89; 100 Backstroke: 19. Nuckles 1:00.86, 23. Brennan 1:08.80; 100 Free: 24. Nuckles 50.63, 46. Brennan 1:00.19, 200 Breaststroke: 18. Leafblad 2:26.42; 200 Butterfly: 4. Gomez 2:00.73, 13. Harder 2:09.89; 400 Free Relay: 7. Gomez, DeHart, Leafblad, Nuckles 3:28.54; 1650 Free: 14. DeHart 18:07.89, 15. Steinheimer 18:24.70.

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