Mon. May 16th, 2022

The West Chester University men’s swimming team was able to finish third overall at the 2008 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships behind four time defending champion Drury and host Missouri S&T. This marked the second time in school history that the Golden Rams finished third. Max Bernardes earned All-American plaudits with his sixth place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle. In the process, Bernardes broke the school record with a time of 15 minutes, 42.11 seconds.

During the championships, Bernardes earned four All-American citations.

West Chester was able to bring home 14 All-American plaudits. Bernardes and Matt Golebiewski combined to obtain seven of those plaudits.

Golebiewski finished fifth in the 200 free, seventh in the 500 free and eighth in the 1000 free while also a member of the 200 free relay team.

Ben Kuntz won a national title in the 200 butterfly and finished third in the 100 fly. For the first time in school history, the 800 free relay team win a national title.

The West Chester University women’s swimming team finished seventh overall at the 2008 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Truman State finished in first place.

Danielle Ierley finished in ninth place in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 17 minutes, 28.66 seconds, just missing her third All-American certificate.

Jackie Borkowski placed fourth in the 100 free with a time of 51.10. Borkowski won three individual All-American plaudits, and two relays who also received All-American honors.

West Chester brought home eight All-American certificates, led by three individual efforts by Borkowski.

LJ Harrell is a second-year student majoring in business. He can be reached at

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