Monday, December 3, 2012

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.