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Swimming & Diving Teams Victorious in Home Opener

Swimming & Diving Teams Victorious in Home Opener

UNIVERSITY CENTER - The SVSU swimming & diving team won the first home match of the year against Urbana, bringing their overall record to 2-0. Both the men and women dominated the match with impressive victories. The men won overall by a total score of 154-41 over the Blue Knights while the women also won by a large margin, finishing the day with a score of 165-51.

The match kicked off with the women's 200 yard medley relay team of Amanda ThielenLydia MattarChelsea Harmon and Melanie Soenkse winning with a time of 1:50.03 and earning 11 points for the Cardinals.

The men's 200 yard medley relay also received full points for Saginaw Valley, posting a time of 1:36.93 with the team of Tyler MillerShaun YapMichael Spears and Grayson Arnold.

SV dominated the 1,000 yard freestyle in both the men's and women's races. Carley Buechner took first for the women, finishing with a time of 11:29.22 and Katie Franczak took second, posting a 12:12.36.

No swimmers from Urbana competed in the men's 1,000 yard freestyle, leaving first and second to Tanner Peltier and Frederich Schulz, who marked times of 10:33.64 and 10:36.41, respecitvely. 

In the 200 yard freestyle, the women took first, second and fourth. Thielen came in first and broke SVSU's women's program record, posting a time of 1:57.57. Alexandra Davis made second place and a personal best with a time of 2:00.57. Aaryn Jewell earned two points for SV at fourth with a 2:12.23.

For the men's 200 yard freestyle, Peter Lin came in at 1:44.95, taking first place and nine points for the Cardinals.

Lin also took first in the 100 yard freestyle, posting a time of 49.16. Teammates Grayson Arnold, Nick Berens, and Noah Karson took third, fourth and fifth in the race. 

Both the men's and women's team took first through third for the 100 yard backstroke. Kara Popps took first for the women for the second match in a row marking a time of 1:01.16. She was followed by Sarah Luciani in second with a time of 1:01.86 and MacKenzie Dafforn-Koebler at 1:08.06.

Amanda Thielen took first for the women in the 100 yard butterfly, marking a time of 1:01.44

The men also took first in the 100 fly, with Michael Spears grabbing first with a time of 53.84.

In the 500 yard freestyle race Mattar took first coming in at 5:20.07. Davis and Franczak took second and third, respectively.

Schulz took first for the men in the 500 yard freestyle, posting a 5:02.17, closely followed by Peltier in second with a 5:02.38.

From Head Coach Bruce Zimmermann...

"I was very pleased with the team's performance today. We competed well and raced tough. WE set a team goal of winning every event and came close to accomplishing that goal. We won all but one of the 26 events that were contested. It was a very good win for both the men and women in our first home meet of the season. Up next is Northern Michigan, which will be a really big test for us and we are looking forward to competing against one of the stronger teams in the GLIAC."

The Cardinals will compete at home again Friday (Oct. 30) against Northern Michigan at 4:00 p.m. against the GLIAC foe at the Gerstacker Regional Aquatic Center.