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.