WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - With 394 total points on the day, the University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team is in third overall after the opening day of the 2018 Diamond City Invitational, which is being held at the Wyoming Valley CYC.
To open the day on Saturday, the Royals kicked off action with a second place finish in the 200-freestyle relay, hitting the wall in 1:28.40. On the team for Scranton were sophomores Matt Mills (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township), John Fimmano (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug), and Jack Donnelly (Washington Crossing, Pa./Council Rock North), along with senior Chris Whalen (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip).
Individually, Mills went on to finish second in the 50-free (22.08), while freshman Omar Mohamed (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) placed fifth in the 200-IM (2:12.55). Also in the 50-free, Donnelly was just behind Mills in the event, placing sixth with a time of 22.77.
Rounding out the morning session was the 400-medley relay, where Scranton collected their first win of the day, taking the event in 3:36.39. On the team for the Royals was Mills, Donnelly, senior Michael Ramsthaler (Florham Park, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and junior Timothy Quigley (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood).
The Royals then rolled into the evening session, where they started off with a second place finish in the 200-medley relay (1:39.50). On that team for Scranton was Mills and Donnelly, along with juniors Gregory Spicka (Morris Plains, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and Quigley.
Next up, Donnelly continued his strong day with a second place finish in the 100-butterfly (53.43), while freshman Evan Morgan (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) was fifth in the 200-freestyle (1:51.30).
In the 100-breaststroke, Mills earned the first individual victory of the day for Scranton, as he took the event with a time of 59.58. Not far behind Mills in the event was Donnelly, who placed third in 1:00.88.
The final event of the day, which was the 800-freestyle relay - saw the Royals end the day with a third-place finish after hitting the wall in 7:28.52.
The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team finishes off action at the Diamond City Invitational on Sunday.