UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – For the first time this season, the Saginaw Valley State University swimming and diving teams competed at home, hosting a meet Saturday at the Gerstacker Regional Aquatic Center in University Center, Mich.
The Cardinals welcomed Davenport University for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference dual meet. The teams battled throughout, as the Panthers escaped with narrow wins, 127-110 on the men's side and 126-115 for the women.
"I was very proud of the way we competed today," SVSU Head Swim Coach Jason Lintjer said. "We were a little short-handed, so we had to improvise with our lineup, but I was excited to see several individuals step up to the challenge. We didn't end up with the result we wanted, but we had many individuals who performed very well."
- The team of Mason Hooker, Christian Rottier, Ryan Langdon and Joshua Hamilton opened the meet with an exciting win in the 200-yard medley relay in a 1:33.94.
- Hamilton touched the wall just ahead of teammate Sanders Modglin in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 21.67 seconds.
- Langdon took first in the 200-yard butterfly for the Cardinals in a time of 1:59.74.
- Juan-Luke Hamilton was first in the 100-yard freestyle in 46.83 seconds.
- Justin Ott led the SVSU diving team with a score of 407.70, taking first in the 1-meter diving event. Sam Hudgens was third in the 3-meter diving event with a score of 192.45 points.
- Divers Libby Caird and Megan LaFollette both hit the NCAA DII qualifying mark in the 1-meter event. Caird, who qualified for nationals one week ago at Hope College, took first place with a score of 409.70. Lafollette was second with a score of 390.15.
- Caird added a first-place finish in the 3-meter diving event with a score of 249.30.
- The women opened the meet with the team of Erin McDowell, Lissette Fenneuff, Kimble Darbee and Emma Cornell taking first in the 200-yard medley with a time of 1:48.57.
- Zoe Vance was first in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.27 seconds.
- Darbee touched the wall first in the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 2:16.51.
- McDowell finished the 200-yard backstroke in 2:08.01 for a first-place finish.
The Cardinals host Northern Michigan University and Wayne State University for a GLIAC tri-meet at 1 pm Saturday at the Gerstacker Regional Aquatic Center.