UNIVERSITY CENTER - The SVSU swimming & diving team out scored the Valparaiso men's and women's teams at a home match on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 14). The women won by triple digits with a final score of 223-59. The men's team defeated the Crusaders 161-124.
The match started with both the men and women's teams sweeping the 400 yard medley relay. The women's team of Kara Popps, Lydia Mattar, Chelsea Harmon and Taylor Grashuis took first with a time of 4:07.96 The men's team of Tyler Miller, Shaun Yap, Dalton Pokley and Grayson Arnold did the same, finishing with a 3:34.69.
Amanda Thielen and Peter Lin also took first for the Cardinals in their respective 1000 yard freestyle races. Thielen shaved nearly ten seconds off her best time and posted a new program record with a time of 10:35.67. Lin landed at first with a mark of 10:02.54.
Peter also finished first in the 200 yard backstroke and the 200 yard freestyle with times of 2:00.24 and 1:44.01, respectively.
Thielen also earned first place finishes in all of her other individual races- the 100 yard and 200 yard butterfly, with times of 1:01.76 and 2:17.17.
Grashuis and Alexandra Davis took first and second for SV in the 200 yard freestyle. Popps, Sarah Luciani and MacKenzie Dafforn-Koebler took first through third in the 100 yard backstroke, recording times of 59.98, 1:01.46, and 1:06.88, respectively.
Melanie Soenksen, Chelsea Harmon and Aaryn Jewell placed first, second and fourth in the 50 yard freestyle. In the men's 50 yard free, Grayson Arnold and Michael Spears landed at second and third, respectively.
Shaun Yap finished first in the 100 and 200 yard breaststoke, and the 200 yard IM , earning 27 points for the men.
Valparaiso did not compete in diving, allow the Cardinals to sweep in both the one meter and three meter diving contests.
From Head Coach Bruce Zimmermann...
"Our competition against Valparaiso University today was a great meet for SVSU Swimming & Diving. This was the first dual meet against a Division I team for our program and I am ecstatic that both our women and men came away with victories today. Our women just dominated in all aspects of the meet and our men came away with a hard fought victory. We have one more big competition to go for the fall semester, the Cleveland State Invite November 20-22. It is our goal to cap off a great fall semester of competition with our best meet to date."
The Cardinals will hit the road to compete in their last meet of the year at the Cleveland State Invitational Friday (Nov. 20) through Sunday (Nov. 22).