Monday, December 3, 2012

EMU Swimming Profile: Jacob Hanson

Jacob Hanson is a senior for the Eastern Michigan University men’s swim and dive team.

Hanson’s positions are the Backstroke and Individual Medley.

He was born in Bloomington, Ill. to a very large family that includes three siblings: an older sister, a twin sister, and a younger brother.

His older sister swam at the University of Michigan, while his twin sister is a dancer at Illinois State University, and his younger brother plays soccer at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill.

On the academic side, Hanson is currently majoring in Industrial Distribution and is on track to graduate by Fall 2013.

After graduation, Hanson said, “I want to keep swimming, but we will see if that works out.”

Just in case swimming does not work out, Hanson’s back-up plan is to go back home and work for Nike in Chicago.

“I want to work in athletics because I feel very passionate about it,” said Hanson.

When it comes to picking a favorite subject, Hanson quickly responded by saying that he loves Physical Education.

Before coming to EMU, Hanson played a second sport at Normal Community High School playing soccer.

While playing soccer, Hanson began to dominate in the deep and shallow pools.

While at Normal Community, Hanson was named All-State in the 100 Backstroke and All-American in the 100 Backstroke and the 100 fly in his senior year.

After realizing that he was a great swimmer in high school and when EMU came knocking at the door, Hanson gave up the sport of soccer and focused full-time on swimming.

Swimming has always been in Hanson’s blood ever since he could remember anything he has done in his life.

If Hanson could guess what age he started to swim he said, “I think since I was age seven or eight.”

Generally most swimmers would say that Michael Phelps is their favorite swimmer, but Hanson went another direction by saying, “By far Aaron Peirsol, who is now retired.”

Since being at EMU as a swimmer, Hanson’s favorite moment was becoming a mid-major All-American first-team and he said that he was very happy about that.

This past summer, Hanson went to the swimming Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb. where he got to swim in the same pool with Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Peter Vandeerkaay, Jason Lezak, and Brendan Hansen.

When not in the classroom or competing in the pool, Hanson likes to play video games and play guitar.

Hanson’s favorite foods are ribs and steak. When asked why those two foods are his favorite, he said, “I just like a big ol’ steak and some ribs.”

When it comes to a favorite genre of music, Hanson likes heavy metal music. Also, he likes to listen to rap and top 40 music on the radio.

Hanson had to think long and hard about his favorite artist and said, “If I would go on my IPod right now, I would pick Dallas Green because I like him a lot as an artist.”

His favorite show to watch on television is the HBO show, Game of Thrones.

He did say that, “Coach [Linn] knows the author of Game of Thrones and he told me that while traveling to the Olympic Trials.”

The person that has helped Hanson become the individual that he is today is his father.

“My dad was a collegiate athlete. He works really hard by providing for our family and gave me an opportunity to go to college. Kind of cheesy, but hey I am proud to say that he is my dad,” said Hanson.

Hanson also added that his father was a multi-sport star playing baseball, football and basketball in college.

Swim & Dive: EMU Women take 1st, Men take 2nd

After two days of competition in the Eastern Michigan University Invitational, the EMU women’s swimming and diving team combined for 1165 points to finish first, while the men combined for 1075 points to finish second, coming up three points short to first-place Oakland University.

“We are trying to find out where we are training wise and as a result, We [The Men’s Team] did not necessarily go into the event to win the meet, but it would have been nice to win.” “Things happen in the sport,” said EMU Men’s and Women’s head coach Peter Linn.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles, the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, the Findlay Oilers, the Ball State Cardinals, and the Wayne State Warriors were the five schools that participated in the invitational.

On day one, the swimming portion of the meet was pushed 50 minutes back to a 4:20p.m. start time because of the one and three-meter diving events being moved to the 11:00 am session that same day.

On the diving boards, senior Kelly Hendricks finished in second place with an overall score of 307.85 of and sophomore Karly Taylor finished third with a score of 277.75 in the one-meter dive.

In the women’s three-meter final, the roles were reversed as Hendricks captured first with a score of 345.30, while Taylor finished second with 290.30.

In the men’s three-meter diving final, EMU seniors Andrew Saunders and Jeffrey Craig went one-two with scores of 391.10 and 383.40, respectively.

In the men’s one meter final, Saunders, Craig, and sophomore Sage Stephens took top three positions with scores of 380.55, 354.50, and 313.15, respectively.

Senior Briana Emig dominated in the 1650 Freestyle lapping the entire field at least once to finish first with the time of 16:09:94.

Emig also captured first in two more events: the 400 Individual Medley with a time of 4:19:80 and the 500 Freestyle with a time of 4:49.25.

“We did great as a team and we continued our winning streak so that’s a great note to end the first semester on,” said EMU women’s swimmer Briana Emig.

Freshmen Audra Burtch finished in second, posting a time of 16:47:52.

In the women’s 200 Backstroke, Oakland freshman Karin Tomeckova broke the meet and pool record with a time of 1:58:31 to finish in first place.

In the women’s 200 Breaststroke, sophomore Monica Dorszewski, senior Vanessa Weidner and senior Lauren Kalinosky finished one-two-three for EMU with times of 2:18.67, 2:19:96, and 2:21.16, respectively.

The team of freshmen Mary MacLean, sophomore Jessie Godlewski, freshman Jackie Swartz, and sophomore Sara Ghaffari finished first in the women’s 200 Freestyle Relay for the Eagles with a meet record time of 1:33.75.

MacLean also captured first in the women’s 50 Freestyle with a time of 23.36.

In the women’s 100 Butterfly, Swartz edged out Oakland senior Sandra Czerska by .42 seconds to capture first place with a time of 54.58.

Godlewski, Ghaffari, MacLean, and Emig finished second in the women’s 400 freestyle with a time of 3:26:80.

In the women’s 200 Butterfly, Godlewski set a new pool and meet record with a time of 1:58:35.

Senior Mike Swain won the men’s 200 Breaststroke with a time of 1:59.99.

Senior Jacob Hanson finished in second in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 1:48.69, while Swain recorded a time of 1:49.30 to finish in third.

In the men’s 400 Individual Medley, EMU seniors Jacob Hanson and Swain finished one-two with times of 3:53.13 and 3:54.30, respectively.

Both of the times set a meet record.

The Eagles’ men’s and women’s swim and dive teams will have the next month off before traveling to Miami, Fla. for the Florida International University Invitational on Sunday, Jan. 5.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

EMU Swimmer Profile: Briana Emig

Briana Emig is a senior for the Eastern Michigan University women’s swim team.

Her position is a freestyle distance swimmer. She comes to EMU from Pittsburgh, Pa.

Emig has three siblings: an older brother who played tennis at Youngstown State University, a younger brother, and a younger sister.

Emig admitted that she did play competitively for a short time in volleyball in junior high school, but admitted that she was too short to play in the sport and knew jokingly that she would not be able to make it.

At the age of seven, Emig committed herself full-time to swimming where she always felt like she was at home.

Emig did swim in high school, but unlike other swimmers, she had to do it in the most unconventional way.

Because there was no high school swim team, Emig resorted to club swimming as a member of Team Pittsburgh Aquatiics.

On the academic side, Emig currently is double majoring in Psychology and Communications.

When asked about whether she had to take any General Education classes because of having a double major, Emig responded by saying, “Instead of having the minor, you can take three more classes and major in it, so I figured, why not.”

Currently, Emig has a 3.9 grade point average and has flourished in the classroom.

Two seasons ago, she was named an academic All-MAC and All-MAC first team.

Emig is on track to graduate in April and wants to go to graduate school to become a mental health counselor but does not know what institution she wants to go as of now.

Emig is currently filling out applications to schools across the country to see what institutions will accept her.

Her favorite athlete is swimmer and multiple-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte.

Emig said that Ryan Lochte is a great athlete, but also “very cool and attractive.”

When looking back at her time as an EMU swimmer, her greatest moments was qualifying to make the NCAA National Championship and making it to the Olympic Trials this past summer with her fellow teammates.

When Emig is not in the pool, she likes to sleep a lot because it helps her regain the necessary energy it takes to be a great swimmer.

When asked what her favorite food is, Emig said that it is anything that comes out of the Yonana Maker.

“It is a machine in which you take frozen bananas and put it into the blender.” Said Emig. “Once it is put into the machine, it turns into frozen yogurt or ice cream. Before I put the bananas into the blender, I get them from the store and then put them into the freezer until it is frozen. Once the bananas are frozen completely, then you smash them and put them into the freezer. They taste so great. I also like to freeze applesauce and put it into the blender. That is also very enjoyable to eat.”

Emig added, “That anything frozen tastes so good and I freeze everything that is edible to the Yonana Maker.”

Emig said that she likes all different kinds of music, but does not have a favorite genre or artist.

Now, Emig prefers watching movies over television, but she likes to watch whatever comes on at night while eating pomegranates with her roommate Monica.

I asked her if she puts pomegranates into the Yonana Maker and Emig responded by saying that she has yet to try that, but is considering doing that now that I suggested that to her.

When it comes to shopping, Emig’s favorite place to go is Target where she walks around and sees it as “relaxation therapy.”

Northern Illinois & Kent State Face Off With A Potential BCS Bid At Stake

On Friday, Nov. 30, for the first time in the history of the Mid-American Conference championship game, two ranked teams will meet at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. to decide who is crowned undisputed MAC champion.

The two teams that will meet are the No. 21 Northern Illinois Huskies (11-1 overall, 8-0 MAC) and the No. 17 Kent State Golden Flashes (11-1 overall, 8-0- MAC).

Northern Illinois’ only blemish came to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sept. 1, by the score of 18-17 in a game in which the Hawkeyes scored nine fourth-quarter points to win the game.

A player to watch for the Huskies is junior quarterback Jordan Lynch.

Lynch has had an outstanding season not just by passing, but also rushing. The dual threat quarterback threw for 23 touchdowns and was only picked off four times.

Lynch also ran for 1611 yards and 16 touchdowns. Lynch as a dual-threat quarterback gives the Huskies their best opportunity to knock off the Golden Flashes.

Kent State’s only blemish came to the Kentucky Wildcats on Sept. 8, by the score of 47-14.

Ironically, the one thing that Eastern Michigan University has in common with the Golden Flashes and the Huskies are that they played at the Eagles’ home field Rynearson Stadium.

Unfortunately, EMU lost to both teams 41-14 and 49-7, respectively.

Players to watch for the Golden Flashes are the lightning-thunder running back tandem of junior Dri Archer and sophomore Trayion Durham.

Durham has rushed for 100 yards in six of the twelve games he has played this season and is the thunder of the two-back system that the Golden Flashes use.

Durham has accounted for 1176 yards on 236 attempts with 14 touchdowns.

Archer is the lightning of the two-back system and has rushed for 1337 yards on 138 carries with 14 touchdowns. As a receiver, Archer has proved to be lethal as he has 458 yards on 30 receptions with four touchdowns.

In the 14-year history of the Bowl Championship Series, no MAC team has ever ranked high enough in the final BCS rankings to qualify for one of the five bowl games played every New Year’s week.

Chances are very good that if the Golden Flashes knock off the Huskies in the title game, then they could get to at least the number 16 ranking if other teams that are ranked above them lose.

No. 16 is the cut off ranking for the non-automatic qualifying conferences (MAC, Western Athletic Conference, Mountain West, Sun Belt Conference, and Conference USA) to automatically make it into one of the four BCS bowl games excluding the national championship game because that match-up is one versus two.

Along with the cut-off ranking, one of the six automatic qualifying conferences must have a champion that is ranked below No. 16.

Also, a non-AQ team qualifies for the BCS is if a school finishes in the top 12 in the final standings.

As of this issue, the Louisville Cardinals and Rutgers Scarlet Knights are unranked and tied for the Big East conference lead.

These two teams will meet the night before on Thursday, Nov 29 (7:30, ESPN), to decide the likely Big East representative in the BCS.

If Rutgers wins, it improves Kent State’s chances of making the BCS assuming they beat Northern Illinois.

The Golden Flashes traveled to Piscataway, N.J. on Saturday, Oct. 27 and upset then No. 15 Rutgers 35-23.

Other possible scenarios that could help the potential MAC champion is if the unranked Wisconsin Badgers (7-5 overall, 4-4 Big Ten) knock off the No. 12 Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-2 overall, 7-1 Big Ten) in the Big Ten title game or if the unranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-6 overall, 5-3 ACC) upset the No. 13 Florida State Seminoles (10-2 overall, 7-1 ACC) in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game.

If one or both of those upsets occur, it is very likely that Nebraska and/or Florida State could drop below No. 16 and give the MAC a better shot at putting their conference champion into a BCS game.

Game time starts at 7:00 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN2. The game is also available online on

For ticket availability, call the Ford Field Box Office at (313) 262-2000.