Cardinals claim home victories over Ashland and Hillsdale

Cardinals claim home victories over Ashland and Hillsdale

UNIVERSITY CENTER -- The SVSU Swim & Dive teams hosted the Ashland Eagles and Hillsdale Chargers on Saturday afternoon and posted a sweep over their opponents at the Gerstacker Regional Aquatic Center. 

The Cardinal women defeated Hillsdale by a 214-80 margin and defeated Ashland by a 217-74 score. The men only competed against Ashland, defeating the Eagles by a 184-103 count. 


  • Wilhelmina Francisco set a new program record of 299.20 in the 3 meter diving event, finishing 1st. She added another 1st place showing in the 1 meter dive with a 238.85.
  • Elizabeth Caird finished 2nd in the 1 meter diving event with a score of 238.25.
  • The 200 Medley Relay team of Amanda Thielen, Lydia Mattar, Alexa Bloom and Melanie Soenksen took 1st with their time of 1:47.79.
  • Soenksen and Bloom finished 1st and 2nd in the 50 Freestyle, respectively, finishing with marks of 24.72 and 24.87 seconds. 
  • Thielen added a 1st place showing in the 1,000 Freestyle, touching the board in a time of 10:47.81. Alexandra Davis finished runner-up with a time of 10:50.29. Davis added a 1st place showing in the 500 Freestyle with her time of 5:17.90.
  • Thielen added another top finish in the 100 Backstroke, taking 1st with a mark of 59.43. She would claim 1st in the 200 Backstroke as well with a mark of 2:07.85, right ahead of Martinez with a 2:08.58.
  • Taylor Grashuis claimed the top spot in the 200 Freestyle, turning in a time of 1:58.45.
  • In the 200 Butterfly, Rebeca Martinez was 1st after clocking in a time of 2:09.23. She added a win in the 400 IM with her 4:36.81 showing. 
  • Soenksen finished 2nd in the 100 Freestyle after her performance of 54.84 seconds. Grashuis was right behind in 3rd with her 55.49 second time.
  • In the 200 Breaststroke, Mattar was the top time with her mark of 2:25.41.  
  • Bloom took 1st in the 100 Butterfly with her time of 59.33 seconds, finishing ahead of Kimble Darbee (1:02.43) and Sarah Thompson (1:02.66).
  • The 200 Freestyle Relay team took 1st as well, timing a 1:39.06 with nice performances from Bloom, Davis, Grashuis and Soenksen. 


  • Kevin Aziz took first in the 3 Meter Diving with a score of 226.95. Justin Ott finished 2nd in the same event with a mark of 216.85.
  • Ott took 1st in the 1 meter dive with a mark of 250.60 while Aziz was 2nd with his score of 237.90.
  • The 200 Medley Relay team of Dalton Pokley, Shaun Yap, Dylan Kopacki and Kyle Amick took 1st with their mark of 1:34.63. 
  • Peter Lin finished 2nd in the 1,000 Freestyle with his time of 10:09.65.
  • Jayden Hutchinson was 1st in the 200 Freestyle, clocking in in a time of 1:45.58. Teammate Nick Berens was 2nd with his time of 1:48.69. Hutchinson also finished 2nd in the 500 Freestyle, clocking a time of 4:48.16.
  • In the 100 Breaststroke, Yap claimed 1st with his time of 57.44 seconds. He was 2nd in the 400 IM with his mark of 4:15.79. 
  • Connor Henninga and Pokley were 2nd and 3rd in the 200 Butterfly, turning in times of 1:58.50 and 1:58.95, respectively.
  • Amick was 1st in the 50 Freestyle after his time of 21.78 seconds. He added another top showing in the 100 Freestyle, timing in at 47.98 seconds right ahead of Michael Spears (49.03).
  • Philip Billiu and Henning had sub-two minute times in the 200 Backstroke, posting times of 1:58.07 and 1:58.30, respectively. 
  • Yap claimed 1st in the 200 Breaststroke, touching the board with a time of 2:12.27. 
  • Pokley led a charge of the top-four finishers in the 100 Butterfly, finishing 1st with his mark of 51.42 seconds. 
  • The 200 Freestyle Relay team was 1st with their time of 1:27.79. That team consisted of Kopacki, Lin, Billiu and Amick. 

From Head Coach Bruce Zimmerman...

"It was great finishing the regular season with strong wins against some very good teams. We had some very good performances led by Will Francisco who won both diving events and set a new program record in the 3 meter diving event. She also achieved an NCAA Championship Dive in Meet score in the 3 meter event for the 4th time this season. This meet was also the last home dual meet for our 4 seniors, Wilh Francisco, Beca Martinez, Melanie Soenksen, and Shaun Yap. It was great for them to finish the final dual meet of their careers with team wins and they all played an instrumental role in the victories."

Up Next...

The Cardinals are back in action February 14-17 when they travel to compete at the 2018 GLIAC Championships. The meet is slated to take place at Jenison High School.

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