by Benny Benton
ASHLAND, Va. – Competing against its largest field of the season to date, the Barton College men's swimming team collected 11 top-five finishes and set seven school records during the Yellow Jacket Invite, which was hosted over the weekend by Randolph-Macon College.
Nine teams took part in the two-day meet, with Barton placing sixth.
Sophomore James Day claimed an event victory for the Bulldogs, topping a field of 31 swimmers in the 200-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 1:43.94. Freshman Jaksa Gabric added a second-place finish out of 29 participants in the 100-yard backstroke, and Robert Zamorano earned a third-place finish among 19 competitors in the 1650-yard freestyle.
Day, a resident of Essex, England, was also a part of three top-five relay teams, including the 400-yard medley squad which set a school record with its finish of 3:31.94. Day set an individual school record as well during his sixth-place finish in the 200-yard IM, an effort of 1:59.50.
Gabric, who hails from Zegreb, Croatia, set three BC records individually and joined Day on the record-setting 400-yard medley group. Gabric's runner-up showing in the 100 backstroke set a new Barton standard of 52.16 seconds, as did his fifth-place finish of 1:59.83 in the 200-yard backstroke and his fourth-place showing of 21.38 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle.
Zamorano, a resident of Woodstock, Ga., set a school record with his mark of 16:41.72 in the 1650-yard freestyle. He was involved in four other top-five performances, placing fourth in both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events, and taking part in a pair of fifth-place relay finishes, the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle races.
In addition to those performances, Barton received a record-setting swim in the 400-yard IM (4:31.30) from freshman Jonathan Moss.
Members of the team added more than a dozen personal records and collegiate bests during the event.
The meet is the final one on the 2017 portion of the schedule. The Bulldogs will resume action on Friday, Jan. when they visit Catawba College.