WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Freshman Matthew Mills (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) won two individual events and swam on a winning relay team to help The University of Scranton men's swimming team take control after the first day of the Diamond City Invite on Saturday at the Wilkes-Barre Catholic Youth Center.
The Royals rolled to a total of 570 points, taking a nearly 200-point lead over second-place Arcadia, which has 389.5 points. King's is third at 357.5 while Misericordia is fourth at 328 in the 11-team event.
Mills won the 200 individual medley in 1:58.36, then won the 400 individual medley in 4:15.56. He followed that by swimming the final leg of the 400 medley relay team that won in 3:34.57. He was joined on the victorious relay team by junior Michael Ramsthaler (Florham Park, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), senior Patrick Blaser (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) and sophomore Timothy Quigley (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood).
Mills also swam the opening leg of the 800 medley relay in which the Royals finished second in 7:20.55. He was joined on that team by freshman John Fimmano (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug), junior Chris Whalen (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) and junior Daniel Muenkel (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./Arlington Senior).
Blaser added an individual victory for Scranton by winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.38. He was also the second man on the 200 medley relay team that finished second in 1:38.99. he was joined by Ramsthaler, Quigley and junior Brayan Winiarz (Long Pond, Pa./Evergreen Community) on that team.
Muenkel added a third place in the 200 freestyle while the 200 freestyle relay team of Winiarz, sophomore Raymond Diorio (Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills), Ramsthaler and Fimmano was also third.
Contributing with fourth-place finishes were Muenkel (500 freestyle), Whalen (100 fly), Quigley (100 breaststroke) and senior Joseph Vannucci (Swarthmore, Pa./Ridley). The Royals also received fifth-place finishes from Whalen in the 100 backstroke and sophomore Gregory Spicka (Morris Plains, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) in the 100 breaststroke.
The second and final day of the Diamond City Invite begins on Sunday at 10 a.m.