WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The SVSU swimming & diving teams competed in the opening day of the 2016 GLIAC Championships on Wednesday (Feb. 10). After the first day of competition, the women sit in fourth place with 97 points and the men are in seventh place with 44.
Tanner Peltier posted a new personal record time of 9:54.31 in the 1,000 yard freestyle. Frederich Schulz also set a personal best in the race, finishing in 17th place overall with a time of 10:03.16. Peter Lin swam to a time of 9:46.84 in the race as well to qualify for the finals. Lin would finish eighth in the finals and Peltier 13th with times of 9:37.83 and the mark of 9:54.31. Lin's time is a new program record.
On the women's side in the 1,000 yard free, Amanda Thielen notched an NCAA B qualifying time of 10:19.00 while finishing in the sixth spot. That is also a new record and improves upon her time earlier this year.
Rebeca Martinez advanced to the finals in the 200 yard IM and tied for sixth place in the preliminaries, recording a time of 2:07.87. She continued on and improved upon that time, posting a final seventh place finish with a time of 2:06.86, an NCAA B qualifying time and it just tops her former record of 2:07.07. Lydia Mattar improved upon her prelim time of 2:08.58 in the same event and would finish 10th overall with a time of 2:07.41, her personal best in the event.
In the men's 200 yard IM preliminiaries, Shaun Yap posted a personal record and advanced to the finals with a 15th place finish at 1:54.88. He swam to a finals mark of 1:55.42 and ended up 16th overall.
Melanie Soenksen posted an NCAA B Cut time and tied for fourth in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 23.92 in the prelims. She would improve upon that mark in the finals, tying for a third place finish with a time of 23.89 seconds for another NCAA D-II B qualifying time. It was the first medal for the Cardinals in the opening round of the championships.
In the women's three meter diving, Wilhelmina Francisco took fifth and notched a personal record with a preliminary score of 398.65. She dove to a total of 374.85 in the finals, finishing seventh overall. Erica Wysocki also acheived a personal best, earning a score of 336.50 and finishing in 11th place. Kathleen Murphy scored a personal best of 331.00 and 13th place. All three will compete in the finals.
The women's 200 yard medley relay team, consisting of Thielen, Mattar, Martinez and Soenksen, swam to an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:46.43 and finished in fifth place. That time broke the school record by almost two seconds.
The men's 200 yard medley relay team also finished in the fifth slot, as Tyler Miller, Yap, Michael Spears and Grayson Arnold finished in a time of 1:33.25. That was the best time so far for the Cards this season as well.
Saginaw Valley will be back in action tomorrow (Feb. 11) for the second day of the 2015 GLIAC Championships.
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