Canisius swimmers etch names into history books

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – At the state swimming meet in Long Island, New York, over the weekend, the Canisius freestyle relay team swam one of the fastest races ever recorded.

Christian Balkin, Mac Granto, Jake Ruffolo and junior Dan Bowen swam the 200 freestyle relay in 1:24.88 seconds — the third fastest relay time in state history.

Fordham holds the record for 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:23.84, which was set in 2014.

The Crusaders’ mark is also a school record. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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