Roundup: Swimming and diving teams grab victories

The Eastern Michigan University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were busy and productive over the weekend at Jones Natatorium, with both teams picking up a couple of wins.

On Friday, both teams squared off against Wayne State, with the men winning 168-127, and the women triumphing 170-122.

The men turned in some individual first-place finishes with Jacob Hanson in the 200-yard freestyle, Justin Griggs in the 100-yard butterfly, Owen Grey in the 200-yard butterfly, Troy Esentan in the 1,000-yard free, Tyler Capen in the 200-yard backstroke, Chris Alberty in the 1-meter dive and Andrew Saunders in the 3-meter dive.

For the women, Briana Emig won the 200-, 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle, Sarah Kowalski won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, and Danielle Hulvey won in the 1- and 3-meter dives.

The Eagles didn’t let the quick turnaround affect them Saturday, as the men beat Ball State 158-127, and the women won against BSU 155.5-133.5.

The men won 10-of-16 in the contest with first-place finishes coming via Gilles Renard in the 1,000 freestyle, Matt Zavislak in the 200 freestyle, Griggs in the 100 freestyle and backstroke, Esentan in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, Keith Coghlan in the 500-yard freestyle, Owen Grey in the 200 backstroke, and Jeffrey Craig in the 1-meter dive. The other win for the men came in the 400 medley relay.

Emig led the way for the women on Saturday, winning in the 1,000 and 200 freestyle. Chelsea Allard wasn’t far behind winning in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and Elisa Torres won the 200 butterfly. Danielle Hulvey won in the 1-meter dive.

Track and field compete in Ann Arbor

The EMU men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled up the road to Ann Arbor on Friday and Saturday for the Harvey-Simmons Invitational. Eastern went against the University of Michigan, Central Michigan, Oakland University and Valparaiso.

The men had four first-place finishes, courtesy of Nathan Blackwell in the 600-meter, Curtis Vollmar in the mile and David Brent in the 800. The other win for the men on the day came via the 4×400 relay team.

Andrew Meyer picked up two second-place finishes, one in the hammer throw and the other in the shot put. Last week’s MAC Conference Male Athlete, Oliver Walther, finished second in the long jump.

For the women, Rosie White took first place in the long jump, Jessica Novakowski placed first in the pole vault, and the 4×400 relay team got a win.

Wrestlers lose to Central Michigan

The EMU wrestling team dropped its MAC opener to No. 7 Central Michigan 34-3 on Thursday, with the lone win coming courtesy of a freshman.Alex Ortman had the only victory of the day for EMU, wrestling at 165 pounds and winning 4-3 over Eric Cubberly.

The Eagles (10-8-1, 0-1) fared much better against their non-conference opponents Olivet College, University of Indianapolis and Thiel (Pa.) College on Saturday.

EMU defeated each of the out-of-conference opponents, besting Olivet 32-6, Indianapolis 36-6 and Thiel 41-6.

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