Bullet Shot: Athlete of the Week
By Claire Healey, Staff Writer
The Gettysburg College men’s swim team swept the competition this past Saturday, November 12, with victories over both Susquehanna and Messiah in their home opener tri-meet. The Bullets had four swimmers with two individual victories apiece, but first-year Ogden Leyens took victories in two individual events of the afternoon while also contributing to Gettysburg’s two relay victories.
Leyens earned first place finishes in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles, both of which he won last week as well. Leyens finished ahead of the nearest competitors by huge margins of victory in both events, 4 seconds for the 200 and 15 seconds for the 500 respectively.
Leyens was also instrumental in Gettysburg’s relay victories in both the 200-medley and 400-freestyle relays. He anchored the medley relay team for first-year Jeff Ragatz, sophomore Francisco Nieves, and junior Tyler Dougherty while he led off for the 400-freestyle relay — a team of Dougherty, first-year Adam Dias, and sophomore Parker Sorenson.
Leyens’ impressive first-year debut follows well in the footsteps of older brother Ashton Leyens. Ashton was a four-time All-American and helped lead Gettysburg to four consecutive conference titles.
Gettysburg’s first-years have been shining bright for the Bullets, but Ogden Leyens has put on an impressive performance thus far for Gettysburg. Leyens and the Bullets continue their quest for a seventh consecutive Centennial Conference title with a home meet against Ursinus College on Saturday the 19th.
Leyens’ successful start to his first season as a Bullet warrants him the title of The Gettysburgian’s Bullet of the Week.