UNIVERSITY CENTER - Both the men's and women's swimming and diving posted victories on Saturday (Nov. 7) at Alma College. The men won by a comfortable margin of 168-30 and the women by 161-94.
Amanda Thielen took first for the women in the 1650 yard freestyle with a time of 18:35.14. The men also placed first, second and third in the 1650. Peter Lin posted a time of 16:43.04 for first place, followed by Tanner Peltier and Frederich Schulz with times of 17:49.46 and 17:57.30, respectively.
Taylor Grashuis, Alexandra Davis, and Melanie Soenksen earned points for SV for first place through third in the 200 yard freestyle, posting times of 2:00.49, 2:02.75 and 2:11.03, respectively. Kara Popps, Sarah Luciani, and MacKenzie Dafforn-Koebler did the same in the 100 yard backstroke, recording times of 1:02.06, 1:02.56 and 1:09.86.
Thielen also took first in the 200 yard backstroke, followed by Luciani and Popps, posting times of 2:08.32, 2:14.52, 2:19.59, respectively.
Peltier and Schulz landed first and second in the 500 yard freestyle with times of 5:00.08 and 5:11.52, respectively.
Both the men's and women's 200 yard medley relay teams took first and second. The team of Kara Popps, Lydia Mattar, Chelsea Harmon, and Melanie Soenksen took first for the women, posting a time of 1:54.95. The men's team of Tyler Miller, Shaun Yap, Michael Spears, and Grayson Arnold finished in first with a time of 1:40.20.
The women and men's diving swept both the one meter and three meter diving, with no divers competing for Alma. Wilhelmina Francisco and Maxwell Buxton both qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championship Dive-In Meet.
From Head Coach Bruce Zimmermann...
"Today against Alma we dominated the meet in every aspect of the competition. SVSU divers, Whil Francisco, Erica Wysocki, Mare Almhiemid, Max Buxton, and Aaron Fuchs were the highlight of the meet! Whil Francisco and Max Buxton capped off a tough week of practice by qualifying for the NCAA Division II National Championship Dive-In Meet. To qualify for the dive-in meet a diver must achieve a qualifying score at anytime during the season on either the one meter board or 3 meter board. Both Whil and Max achieved the qualifying scores on the 3 meter board today. This will allow them to compete on both the 1 meter and 3 meter boards at the dive in competition in Indianapolis in February. The dive-in meet is the qualifying competition into the NCAA Championships. The team has two very big competitions left for the fall semester. Next week we face a very good team from Valparaiso University and the weekend before the Thanksgiving break we head to Cleveland State for the CSU Invitational. The team has worked very hard all semester in preparation for these final two meets of the semester and we are expecting our best performances of the season in these final two competitions."
Up Next for the Cardinals...
Saginaw Valley will host Valpariso next Saturday, November 14, at a 1:00 pm match in the Gerstacker Regional Aquatic Center.