Regis Men’s Swim Team Wins Five Events Saturday at GNAC Championships

Regis Men’s Swim Team Wins Five Events Saturday at GNAC Championships

BOSTON – After two victories in the opening session, the Regis College men's swim team continued its winning ways with five event victories Saturday as the 2019 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships continued at the Holmes Sports Center Natatorium on the campus of Simmons University.

Senior Joshua Unas (Santa Clarita, Calif.) earned two individual titles Saturday night, starting with a four-second victory in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.71. He also touched the wall first in the 50 breaststroke in 29.07 seconds.

Unas also played a major role in Regis's victory in the 400 medley relay, as he turned a three-and-a-half second deficit as he dove into the water into a 0.35-second lead thanks to a 100 breaststroke split of 1:01.75. Unas joined Kevin Dugue (Roslindale, Mass.), GianCarlos Banrey (Roslindale, Mass.), and Brendan Pike (Weymouth, Mass.) in winning the event in 3:45.26, just one second off the GNAC record.

Pike started the evening session for the men with a victory in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:02.34, moving into fourth on the Pride's all-time top 20 times list. Grant Kollien (Acton, Mass.) finished second by just 0.64 seconds with a mark of 5:02.98.

Banrey also picked up an individual win, finishing first in the 100 butterfly in 52.41 seconds, almost three full seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. In addition, Banrey finished second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.37 seconds, and Connor Schwarze (Melrose, Mass.) ended up in fifth place in 52.41 seconds.

Dugue picked up points on an individual basis with a fourth-place finish in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:16.40. In the team standings, Norwich began to show its depth, passing Regis for the lead with 158 points, ahead of the Pride's 118 points.

The third and final day of the 2019 GNAC Swimming and Diving Championships will take place Sunday, Feb. 3, with preliminaries beginning at 9 a.m. and finals starting at 3 p.m.