Mulvey-Hudson Captures Gold in NE-10 100 Breaststroke; Bentley Within Reach Heading into Final Day

NE-10 champion Connor Mulvey-Hudson embraces his coach, Mary Kay Samko, after winning gold
NE-10 champion Connor Mulvey-Hudson embraces his coach, Mary Kay Samko, after winning gold

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Bentley University senior Connor Mulvey-Hudson (Ardmore, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) swam to victory in the 100 yard breaststroke Saturday night for the Falcons' first gold medal of the 2015 Northeast-10 Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at Southern Connecticut State's Hutchinson Natatorium.

Mulvey-Hudson edged Saint Rose's Elie McRae by just two-hundredths of a second to claim gold with his time of 58.18 seconds just  0.01 off the school record. He had qualified with a 58.41, second best behind McRae's 57.88.

Bentley earned silver in the 200 free relay with juniors Sebastian Bury (Bellevue, Wash./Newport Senior HS) and Tim Connolly (Dorchester, Mass./Boston Latin Acad.) combining with sophomores Liam Bartlett (Syracuse, N.Y./William Nottingham HS) and Davis Wilson (Ransom Canyon, Texas/Lubbock HS) for a school record 1:24.58. That bettered the standard of 1:24.63 set at last year's championships.

The 200 freestyle was a strong race for the Falcons with junior Owen Karl (Rochester, N.Y./ Brighton HS) earning bronze with a 1:42.93, Wilson fifth (1:44.31) and  junior Kevin Diefenbach (Hamilton, N.J./Steinert HS) sixth (1:45.58).

Bentley had four in the finals of the 100 backstroke with Bury the first Falcon to the wall, placing fourth in 52.79 seconds. Connolly followed in fifth (52.83), freshman Chris Vukas (Randolph, N.J./Randolph HS) was seventh (53.67) and senior Josh Witty (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos HS) took eighth (53.87).

Junior Alex Liulakis (Tenafly, N.J./Tenafly HS) was another finalist for the Falcons and he placed seventh in the 100 butterfly (52.31), the fourth best time in program history.

One of Sunday's events will be the three-meter diving and Bentley will have three of the seven who'll be competing, including one-meter runner-up Colton Bridge (Tolland, Conn./Tolland HS).

Sunday's prelims will get underway at 10 am.