By Scott Beaton
ALLIANCE — The Ohio Northern men's swimming and diving team, led by three individual victories and one relay title from junior Nolan Huey (Fort Collins, Colo./Fossil Ridge), narrowly defeated Mount Union 155-144 in a conference dual on Saturday afternoon at Hammond Natatorium.
Huey recorded victories in the 100 back (54.32), 200 back (1:58.32), 200 IM (1:58.53), and teamed up with seniors Anthony Ferrell (Canton/Glen Oak) and Justin Chapman (Springboro) and sophomore Zach Ayres (Chillicothe) to win the 200 medley relay in 1:38.18.
Ferrell also placed first in the 100 breast, finishing in 1:02.03.
Sophomore Pat Reed (Charleston, W.Va./Washington) trailed two swimmers by more than two-tenths of a second after 150 yards, but earned a come-from-behind victory in the 200 breast, touching in 2:16.76.
Additionally, senior Pete He (Mason) claimed an individual event victory, winning the 50 free in 22.01. He joined freshman Jeremy Adams (Ypsilanti, Mich./Ann Arbor Pioneer), Ayres, and Chapman to clinch the 200 free relay event title in 1:28.40 to close the meet with an ONU victory.
The Polar Bears (3-2 overall, 2-1 OAC) and the Purple Raiders (5-2 overall, 1-2 OAC) each won eight events in the 16-event meet.
Ohio Northern will return to action on Friday as they host Baldwin Wallace at 7 p.m. in the ONU Sports Center Natatorium.