Row 2 (L-R): Associate Head Coach Melanie Bolstad, Greg Jablonski, Jesus Santos, Dan Garaffa, Ed Gurka III, John Luboja, Mark Eslen, Will Shearouse, Chris Strickland, Brandon Youse, Head Coach Larry VanWagner.
2006 MAAC Champions
MAAC Championship Recap
The Marist Men's Swimming and Diving team claimed its second straight MAAC crown in 2006 as they topped the league with a point total of 884. Junior, Nick Chevalier, swam to a second place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle, while classmate Pat Collins finished first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.77
Marist trailed after day one of the championships, but dominated the latter part of the event, opening up a 101 point lead after the second day. Marist placed four swimmers in the top six in the 1,650 free, led by Chevalier. He was followed by Ralph Rienzo in third, Alec Troxell in fifth and freshman Spencer Hartmann in sixth. After the meet Head Coach Larry J. VanWagner was named the 2006 Men's Co-Coach of the Year.
A week later at the ECAC Championships, the Marist Men's Swimming and Diving team finished in third place. Marist finished with 457.5 points, and that trailed only Johns Hopkins and Yale who posted totals of 541 and 465, respectively. Marist closed out the 2005-06 campaign by compiling a duel meet record of 9-1 on its way to back-to-back MAAC titles. Since joining the MAAC, the men's program has won 10 of the 11 MAAC Championships it has competed in.