Swimmers snag a first, second
The Eastern Michigan University swimming and diving teams hosted an invitational Friday and Saturday at Jones Natatorium.
The men won their 12th consecutive EMU Invitational, with 1,287 points – surpassing last year’s 1,220. They won 18 of the meet’s 20 events and to stay well ahead of second-place Wayne State (991).
The women placed second (816) to Michigan (1,123), which won the meet for the seventh straight time. Seven women’s teams and five men’s teams competed.
“We are happy with the meet,” assistant coach Noah Moran said. “We had really good swims.”
“(The) freshmen swam very well,” he continued. “Everyone did what they were supposed to do.”
“It’s still early in the year, and we have a lot more swimming and diving to go.”
Freshman Jacob Hanson and sophomore Matt Zavislak each won six events.
Hanson started his run with the 200-yard backstroke (1:47.08).
He won the 400 IM (3:58.13) and the 200 IM in a meet-record time of 1:50. 79.
Zavislak took the 50 (21.01), 100 (46.17) and 200 free (1:40.80).
Hanson and he were on two winning relay teams the 200 medley (1:32.61) and 400 medley (3:23.51).
Hanson was part of the winning relay team for the 800 free (6:49.49) and Zavislak the 200 free (1:24.35).
“The guys did well. They swam like they had a lot of fun out there,” said junior Tracy Morgan, whose best finish was fifth in the women’s 100 butterfly (57.62).
Junior Sarah Kowalski had the lone victory for the women’s team, in the 100 free (51.06).
She finished just ahead of U-M senior Leigh Cole (51.13) and EMU senior Stephanie Cholyk (51.79).
Kowalski finished second in the 200 free (1:51.49) to Toledo junior Laura Heckroth (1:51.35).
Freshman Danielle Hulvey placed second in the 3-meter dive (570.60 points) and third in the 1-meter (553.10). U-M senior Steph O’Callaghan won both events.
Hulvey was won of six divers in the invite who surpassed the previous pool record of 494.50 for the 1-meter. Five divers beat the 3-meter pool record of 521.70, too. O’Callaghan set the new standards with 581.30 in the 3-meter and 578.00 in the 1-meter.
Jeffrey Craig took center stage for men’s diving. He set meet records in the 1-meter (604.42) and 3-meter (705.61).
The next meet for the teams is Jan. 2 when they travel to Miami for the FIU Invitational.