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January 16, 2010

2009-2010 Season - Greaves leads Vikings to third place finish

GRINNELL, Iowa – Freshman Chris Greaves (Morris HS, Morris, Ill.) led the Augustana men’s swimming team to a third place finish at the Grinnell Invitational on Friday, January 15 and Saturday, January 16 after notching six third place finishes, including three as an individual.  The Vikings finished the two day event with 241 points.

Grinnell won the men’s team title with a score of 649 with Luther taking second with 619 points.  Augustana placed ahead of Iowa Central Community College (193), Morningside (122), Coe (104), Macalester (93), and Knox (49). 

Greaves placed third in the 200 (1:50.40) and the 500 freestyle (5:03.16) along with the 200 butterfly (2:05.72).  He also swam on three relay teams that finished in third place.  Greaves opened for the 400 and 800 freestyle relays while taking the third leg in the 400 medley relay.  He combined with freshman Marcus Julian (Lake Park HS, Itasca, Ill.), and seniors Eric Zike (Ridgeview HS, Colfax, Ill.), and Kyle Waller (DeKalb HS, DeKalb, Ill.) to complete the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 3:22.61.  The same foursome hit the finish line in the 400 medley relay with a clocking of 3:50.27.  Sophomore Denny Wind (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) and junior Drew Clinton (Riverside-Brookfield HS, Brookfield, Ill.) joined with Greaves and Julian to finish the 800 freestyle relay in a time of 7:54.30.

Waller was superb in the relay events, adding a third place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:43.02) and a fourth place showing in the 200 freestyle relay (1:33.63) to his resume for the weekend.  He swam with Zike, Julian, and Clinton in the 200 medley relay and was accompanied by Zike, Charlie Vogt, and Clinton in the 200 freestyle relay.  Waller also placed third in the 50 freestyle (:22.92) and fourth in the 100 freestyle (:50.09).

Julian’s top individual performance came in the 100 breaststroke where he placed fifth with a time of 1:03.54.  Sophomore Robert Flynn scored points in both diving events, taking fourth in the three meter dive (205.95) and fifth in the one meter dive (208.20).
Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand